A baby born with four arms and four legs has caused disconcert because of the belief by locals in the village of Baruipur, east India that the child is a reincarnation of a god.
Since named God Boy, the multiple limbed baby is synonymous as one of many Hindu deities with many now making the trek to visit the child with the hope that good luck will brush off.
That though has led to local police struggling with the throngs who have since clamored to visit the child at hospital.
According to a report via the UK’s dailymail, the baby boy’s defect, two extra arms and two extra legs are the remains of an undeveloped joined twin.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the community’s reverence for deities the child’s birth has led to the family expressing joy who believe their son is the reincarnation of Hindu God Brahma who is also depicted with eight limbs.
Told a relative: ‘When he first came out we couldn’t believe it,’ ,
‘The nurses said he was badly deformed but I could see that this was a sign from God.
‘In fact, this is a miracle, its God’s baby. Indian God’s have extra limbs just like this.’
Reiterated one local, Chukka Rao, 67, from a neighboring village: ‘When we first heard about God Boy we were slightly skeptical.
‘But we came to see because we were intrigued by all the news we were hearing from friends and others.
‘When we eventually saw a pic of the child it was a wonder.’
But with the village being overrun by curious believers from across the region, local police say they are having trouble controlling them.
Told a police spokesman: ‘This is a freak baby and it is tragic, there is nothing godly about him at all.
‘But the crowds are going berserk and clamoring to see the child.
‘Hundreds are crying in the streets, hundreds of others are praying and setting up camp here.
‘Some are even panicking and believe this is a sign of the end of the world. I have never seen anything like this in my whole career.’
The child’s family member added: ‘It is understandable that there is a lot of excitement about this.
‘It is only natural that people want to see the God Baby.’