Photographs and video clips of a tantrik performing a religious ritual on a pregnant woman at the Bundelkhand Medical College in Sagar district have gone viral on social media, embarrassing state health officials.
The video shows the exorcist reciting mantras amid chaotic scenes, and even slapping the woman – who is eight months into her pregnancy – to rid her body of evil spirits. The ceremony reportedly took place on Saturday.
Bhanu Chadar, a resident of Raksi village, had admitted his 26-year-old wife, Archana, to the medical institution eight days ago. Her condition worsened on Friday night, making her husband and other family members panic. Bhanu finally decided to call a tantrik from Nimon Padwar, a nearby village.
The exorcist reached the hospital premises on Saturday afternoon, following which Archana was brought out onto the hospital corridor. Over the next hour, the woman was allegedly subjected to immense psychological torment and slapped multiple times despite being in a fragile state.
According to sources, nobody from the hospital administration attempted to interrupt the ritual. The woman was then taken back into the maternity ward.
When asked to comment, Bhanu said Archana had given birth to stillborns on two earlier occasions. Afraid that she would suffer the same fate this time, he called the tantrik – who “exorcised four evil spirits from her body”. The exorcist reportedly told him that while three of the spirits were from the hospital, the fourth belonged to his elder brother who had died a few years ago. “Archana is doing fine now,” Bhanu said.
However, Bundelkhand Medical College dean Dr JN Soni denied any such occurrence on its premises. “No such thing happened at the medical college. However, I have ordered an inquiry and the CCTV footage will be investigated. Appropriate action will be taken after the probe,” he said.