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55-year-old woman forced to beg for a week, take dip in Ganga after a calf accidentally dies

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BHOPAL — A 55-year-old woman in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind of Indian state was allegedly ordered by a caste panchayat to beg for a week as penance for accidentally causing the death of a calf.

The money she received would go towards financing a trip to the Ganges, where she was to take a wholy dip as part of the penance, the village panchayat had ruled.

Kamlesh Shriwas, a resident of Matadin village, was reportedly asked to leave Bhind and beg in nearby villages for seven days by the panchayat that met within hours of the death of the calf on Friday morning, NDTV reported.

On August 31, Kamlesh was trying to pull away a calf from its mother when the rope got entangled in its neck and the animal was strangled.

When news of the calf’s death spread, the panchayat of Nai community gathered and announced the punishment. Else, according to a punishment, she would face social boycott for life.

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“… She was not even allowed to enter the village,” said her son Anil Shrivas, adding, “Nobody had raised any objection for fear.”

His mother, he said, stayed with a relative at a nearby village and begged for money everyday till she fell sick and had to be admitted in a hospital. She was now discharged from the hospital.

The panchayat chief, however, denied issuing any punishment.

“She herself called the panchayat members and told them that she had decided to do penance,” said Shambu Shrivas, the panchayat chief.

No police case has been filed. The police have said they would take action once they receive the complaint.

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Brazilian doctor helps women through labor by dancing with them

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Labor pain may be one of the most excruciating experiences a woman can endure. And, this Brazilian doctor has a special idea to ease the pain — dance.

Dr Fernando Guedes da Cunha, who is known as ‘the dancing doctor’, posted videos on Instagram of himself busting moves with heavily pregnant women to hit songs like Despacito.

Though labour pain can be excruciating, there is some scientific evidence that supports Dr Fernando’s technique.

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His latest video, posted on December 15, shows a woman, who developed diabetes while she was pregnant, dancing with the obstetrician while awaiting the arrival of her new baby.

Dr Cunha isn’t just dancing for fun, research has shown movement during labor makes giving birth easier as according to experts, dancing can certainly help the birth process as it assists the baby in moving through the birth canal structures.

It helps shift the pressure of the baby pressing on maternal skeletal structures and organs.

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