UP: Mother & Her Two Kids Die Of Alleged Malnutrition As India Marks ‘National Nutrition Month’

The Logical Indian Crew Uttar Pradesh

September 17th, 2018 / 1:55 PM

Hunger Death Uttar Pradesh

Image Credits: Free Press Journal

Within a week’s time, a 30-year-old woman and two of her children allegedly died due to hunger and malnutrition in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar area. Reportedly, the incident has been written off by the UP government as an incident of diarrhoea and food poisoning which caused the death. The villagers, however, suspect the cause of death to be malnutrition.


What happened?

According to The Wire, Sangeeta (the mother) and her six-year-old son Shyam passed away on September 6 while her youngest child – two-month-old daughter Gita died on September 11. Virender, Sangeeta’s husband is a daily wage labourer who sold his pull-cart a few months ago for lack of work. Ever since then, the family has been suffering in abject poverty, trying to barely make ends meet.

NDTV reported Virender as saying that his wife and son started vomiting and showed signs of diarrhoea. Since their health conditions deteriorated, Virendra managed to take them to a nearby hospital in an ambulance. While the doctors admitted them, they were soon referred to a larger district hospital in Padrauna. Reportedly, the mother-son duo died on the way to the hospital in the ambulance.

Days later, the family’s youngest daughter, Gita, who was being fed milk formula by women in the village also died. She was also taken to the district hospital, but could not be saved. However, the district administration while accepting the fact that the family was economically backward, insisted that the deaths were not due to hunger.


District Administration said that the deaths are not due to hunger

Hari Narayan Singh, Chief Medical Officer of the district told NDTV, “You can’t deny they were poor. But there are other poor people in this village. They died because they were not following a proper diet.” Reportedly, the family did have a ration card, but there were no food grains in the house. Virender is even an MGNREGA card holder, but he hasn’t received any work during the last year, forcing him to take up all sorts of odd jobs.


The Logical Indian take

Malnutrition rates in Uttar Pradesh are among the highest in the world, and this is not an isolated incident as there have been multiple reports of hunger-related deaths in the state in the past. Not only in Uttar Pradesh but hunger-related deaths arising out of malnutrition have come up in multiple news reports, which point towards the dismal condition of the country’s Public Distribution System. Incidentally, the alleged malnutrition deaths have come at a time when the country is celebrating “National Nutrition Month.”


Also Read: Jharkhand: Tribal Allegedly Dies Of Starvation; The Government Denies Hunger Deaths


Contributors

Written by : Sromona Bhattacharyya

Edited by :

Related Stories

Andhra Pradesh: Collective Enterprise Fights Malnutrition With Millets

Bihar Custodial Death

Two Men Tortured To Death In Bihar Police Custody, Marks Of Nails Hammered Found On Bodies

Gujarat CM Lion Relocation

“Situation Under Control, There Won’t Be Any Relocation” Gujarat CM After 23 Lions Die In A Month

Gir Forest Lion Infection

Gujarat: 23 Lions Die In One Month; Even After SC Ruling & Experts’ Advice On Their Relocation, State Govt Refuses To Relent

Girls Delhi Starvation

Missing Father & Mentally Unsound Mother, Three Kids Die Of Hunger In Our National Capital

World Bank Lends Indian Govt $200 Million Loan For National Nutrition Mission

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

24-Yr-Old Scientist’s Journey From One-Room House In A Slum To One Of World’s Best University

Good Governance

Sports Minister Assures Support To 24-year-old Runner After His 100 Mtr In 11 Second Video Goes Viral

Get Inspired

This 28-Yr-Old Who Runs Queer Muslim Project Is Part Of UN Task Force On Gender Equality

Sponsored

From One Delivery Network to Another – Swiggy Helps Mumbai’s Dabbawalas Brave the Monsoon

Get Inspired

24-Yr-Old Scientist’s Journey From One-Room House In A Slum To One Of World’s Best University

Good Governance

Sports Minister Assures Support To 24-year-old Runner After His 100 Mtr In 11 Second Video Goes Viral

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.