CHENNAI - In a bizarre ritual in Manakuppam village in Villupuram, about 50km from Chennai, a month-old girl was passed through a large gap in a tree to purportedly cure her from rejecting her milk, reported Makkal Osai.
The baby's mother had suffered complications during her pregnancy and died after giving birth.
The baby had since been taken care of by her grandparents.
Last week, a toad fell on the baby, following which she stopped taking her milk and became weak.
Believing she had been cursed, the aged couple, at the behest of a local priest, carried the baby to a hollowed tamarind tree and passed her through the gap three times. They then prayed at the site.