Missing Father & Mentally Unsound Mother, Three Kids Die Of Hunger In Our National Capital
The Logical Indian Crew Delhi
July 26th, 2018 / 1:04 PM
Image Credits: NDTV
Like a blot on humanity, hunger has claimed the lives of three sisters in Delhi’s Mandawali area. Autopsy performed by doctors at Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Hospital revealed that the girls starved to death. They were declared “brought dead” when their mother and a family friend took them to the hospital on Wednesday, July 25. The hospital then reported the deaths to the police.
Father missing, mother not stable
The children — Mansi (8), Paro (5) and Sukho (2) were found unconscious in their house by the neighbours. The initial post-mortem report revealed that they died due to starvation. Doctors say that they had no food in their stomach and their urinary bladder and rectum were empty.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, East, Pankaj Kumar Singh said, “When their neighbours went to the house, they discovered that the girls were numb while their mother, who was also present in the house, did not know anything,” reported The Times of India.
Their father, Mangal is a rickshaw puller, who shifted to Delhi from West Bengal 15 years ago. He has been missing for the past several days. According to his wife, he went out looking for a job after his rickshaw was stolen. She says that he would often go missing for days.
The family of five moved to this house last Saturday after they failed to pay the rent for their previous house that was in the same slum. Neighbours say that Mangal would earn a measly sum pulling the rickshaw and spend most of it on alcohol. For some time, the family had been surviving on borrowed meals and water.
The police believe that the mother is not mentally sound. She reportedly told them that she is unaware of what happened to her daughters. Two of the younger sisters have been ill for the last couple of days. Medicine for diarrhoea was found at their house and has been sent for tests. The police are investigating how the third sister fell ill. Their father arranged for food on Saturday before he went missing, but the girls could not eat it as they were not well. The police believe that they have not eaten anything since Saturday.
“The girls’ mother is mentally unsound and has not been able to tell the police what exactly happened to her daughters. The medicines found from the spot were bought from a mohalla clinic,” a police official said, reported NDTV. The police have ruled out any foul play as there were no signs of injury to any of their bodies.
The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry after the post-mortem performed at the LBS hospital revealed the cause of death to be starvation.
Blaming the Delhi AAP government, BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari said that it was sad that such a “mishap” happened in Delhi when the government claim to be champions of ration distribution system. “It saddens us beyond expression that such an incident happened in the constituency of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia,” he said.
AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said that the Delhi government’s attempts to introduce the doorstep delivery of ration was being blocked by the BJP at the centre. Manish Sisodia in a tweet promised to visit their house.
I shall go to the house in Mandavali tomorrow morning where this incident took place. https://t.co/2GVbmm8MDw
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) July 25, 2018
Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken also tried to put the blame on the Arvind Kejriwal government, saying, “We had warned the Delhi government that nine lakh eligible families have not got ration cards despite applying for it. Such incidents would occur if the needy are deprived of ration and ration cards,” reported NDTV.
The Logical Indian Take
With a missing father and a mentally unsound mother, there was no one to help the three innocent kids. It is a sad reality that these deaths happened in our national capital. However, the circumstances are such that holding the parents or the government responsible won’t be correct. There is a need for a strong social support system, and all the stakeholders should strive for it.
Written by : Poorbita Bagchi
Edited by : Abhinav Joshi