- It's been 400 years since a woman gave birth in Sanka Shyam Ji village
- Locals of this Madhya Pradesh village say the place is "cursed"
- Villagers say child or mother will either die or be deformed
There are no written rules in Sanka Shyam Ji village of Rajgarh, around 130 km from state capital Bhopal, but women are not allowed to give birth here. They must cross the village and give birth outside if they wish theirs and their child's well-being, locals believe.
The sarpanch of the village, Narendra Gurjar said, "90 per cent of the deliveries takes place in hospitals, and in case of emergency, deliveries take place just outside the village where a room has been built for this purpose." Even during rains of extreme weather, women are taken outside the village for child birth, he said.
The curse, he believes, was set upon this village when a woman disrupted a temple construction.
An elderly man from the village says that no one drinks alcohol or eats meat in this village, and that's a blessing from God on their village.