This Betul village is madly caught in a time warp

BETUL: Fifty Kilometers From The District Headquarters And Located On National Highway 47A (which, By The Way, Is India's Shortest NH), It Stands Out In Chikhli Panchayat.

The, Which Houses Around 150 Families, Is Surrounded By Hills And Is Picturesque. Children Run Around On A Hot Summer Afternoon, A Little Nude, Playing With Friends And Catching Birds. Mahua Dries On The Roof Of Hutments And Oxcarts Travel Lazily To Retrieve Water Drums From A Well Located Kilometer Further Down.

Although Guraria Looks Idyllic, The Village Is Stuck In A Time Warp. When A Baby Gets One, The Most Common Treatment Is 'damah' - Giving The Child A Name With The Point Of A. It Is Affordable And Easy Because The Nearest Care Center Is 20 Kilometers Away In Bhimpur And The Nearest Hospital Is In Betul . When Distances Are A Murderer, A Three Month Old Baby For Elderly People With Terminal Disease, The Best Treatment Is In 'damah'.

Standing On The Doorway Of Her Clay Hut Soni, Shyambabu's Wife, With Her 10-month-old Daughter Aishwarya. The Child Has Small White Burn Marks On Her Belly." Her Stomach Was Swollen Daily And We Know That" Damah" Will Help Reduce The Bloating Feeling," She Said.

Anyone In The Village Can Be A" Damah" Doctor, Heat An Iron Sickle And Repeatedly Personalize The Patient." It Hurts To Burn Meat, But It Certainly Treats The Disease," Soni Said.

Newborns Are Branded With The Red-hot Sickle And They Scream In Pain, While The Whole Village Thinks It's Good For Them. Almost Every Man, Woman And Child Suffers Because The Hospital Is Miles Away. Asha Worker Sushila Selukar Says:" We Have Asked Villagers Not To Do 'damah'. But They Believe It Is The Right Treatment For Their Diseases. We Need Hospitals.

Betul CMHO Dr. GC Chaurasia Said:" Damah Is An Ancient Tribal Tradition And Is Even Done At Home. We Know That Consciousness Is Essential In Tribal Villages. Health Centers Are Present In Villages Where The Population Is More Than 5,000. But Asha Employees Are Present In" All Villages And Can Be Contacted During Medical Emergencies. Using Administration We Try To Identify Quackers And Apply Pressure To Stop Such Activities."

Guraria Is Still A 'privileged' Village Because BJP MP Jyoti Dhurve Has Adopted It As Its 'adarsh ​​gaon'. But The MP Never Visited The Village And Claims Residents." We Only Saw Her Photos In Posters," They Said.

Because It Was An 'adarsh ​​gaon', The Village Was Also On The Priority List Of Swacchh Bharat. Small 4 X 4 M Toilets Were Built, But Their Usability Seems To Be Zero." The Village Has Not Enough Water To Drink. There Is No Water To Save For These Toilets," Said Babita, A Villager.

Most Tribes Migrate To Gujarat And Maharashtra For Their Work Because There Are No Means To Provide For Their Livelihood." We Have A Piece Of Farmland Of Two Hectares, But That Cannot Feed The Whole Family. My Father Is Forced To Go To Gujarat Go To Look For Work," Said Babita.