Guwahati: Call it a sheer case of superstition or lack of awareness on medical services, family members of a woman, who suffered a snake bite, relied on traditional healers to treat her for more than 48 hours before ultimately letting her dead body sail on river in a banana raft at Sonari area of Assam’s Charaideo district on Monday.
As per reports, Seema Das, a resident of Borahi tea estate in Sonari, was bitten by a snake on July 6. Shockingly, instead of taking her to the nearby hospital, Seema’s family members with the help of some of the locals of the tea estate took her to traditional healers to heal her.
Speaking about the incident, Bishnu Das, the husband of the deceased, said that his wife was bitten by a poisonous snake on July 6. Following this, his family members and others took help of various rituals to heal her instead of taking her to the nearby hospital.
“Initially she showed symptoms of improvement, albeit she was a little bit of weak. But her condition deteriorated later in night and finally, she died around 12 noon the next day,” Das said.
As all efforts of traditional methods of treatment failed, family members and locals then decided to build a banana raft and set the dead body afloat in river with a belief that if any traditional healer with more experience and knowledge finds the body, he/she may revive her back.
A section of people in the locality believe that if a person dies of snake bite, then the body is sailed on the river with a hope that some traditional healer may revive the person from death.
Superstitions are usually attributed to a lack of education. But in India educated people have also seen to observe following beliefs that may be considered superstitious. The beliefs and practices vary from region to region, with many regions having their own specific beliefs. The practices may range from harmless lemon-and-chilli totems for warding off evil eye to serious concerns like witch-hunting. Some of these beliefs and practices are centuries old and are considered part of the tradition and religion, as a result introduction of new prohibitory laws often face opposition.