Wayanad tragedy: Three-year-old boy succumbs to burns after father opts for traditional treatment

The police have registered a case against Althaf and George under charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, along with provisions under the Children Act.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 06, 2024 | 7:12 PM Updated Jul 06, 2024 | 7:38 PM

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In a tragic incident in Wayanad, Kerala, three-year-old Muhammad Azan tragically passed away due to burn injuries sustained earlier this month.

The incident occurred on 9 June when Azan accidentally fell into a bucket of hot water, causing severe burns.  Despite the severity of his injuries, Azan’s father, Althaf, decided to forego medical treatment in favour of traditional methods.

The boy was admitted to Mananthavady Medical College Hospital. The hospital authorities asked Althaf to shift Azan to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital for expert care.

But Althaf got his son discharged from Mananthavady Medical College and sought the services of a traditional medical practitioner named George in Aikarakudi.

As the treatment didn’t yield any results, Azan was again rushed back to Mananthavady Medical College Hospital on 18 June and later to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

Azan’s condition deteriorated, and he succumbed to his injuries on 20 June.

It’s said that police intervention was necessary to transfer the boy to the medical college hospital. During the investigation, it was found that the boy was denied expert medical treatment despite being in a critical condition.

The police have registered a case against Althaf and George under charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, along with provisions under the Children Act.

The investigation is currently underway.

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(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj, with inputs from Dileep V Kumar)

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