Until recently around 50 people used to visit the railway tracks daily to seek this therapy. In order to curb this dangerous practice the Railway officials have erected signs warning of the dangers of the fad, threatened penalties of a three-month jail term and fines equivalent of £1,200 for those who flout the ban on the practice. After this the numbers have dropped but some people still remain undeterred and come looking for free “electric therapy.”
This dangerous practice came into existence with a local rumour about a man who tried to commit suicide as he was fed up after suffering paralysis from a stroke and medical treatment failed to cure his symptoms. He laid down on the tracks with the intention of killing himself but claimed that the track therapy had instead cured him.