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MP: 8-year-old found sitting by the roadside with toddler brother's corpse

Hospital's apathy forces father to leave children near a public park as he went about trying to arrange transport to get them back home

Sabrangindia 11 Jul 2022

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Image Courtesy: Twitter

Shocking images of a young boy sitting with a dead toddler in his arms have gone viral on social media. The boy was holding on to his dead brother, the child's lifeless arm hanging out from under a shroud, even as the older child shooed away flies. The incident took place in Morena in Madhya Pradesh when the children's father had to leave the children alone so he could arrange for transport to take them back to their village.

The toddler, identified as Raja, had been referred to the hospital from his homeland in Badfra village of Ambah around 35 km away. His father Poojaram Jatav and sibling Gulshan accompanied him to the hospital. According to NDTV, Raja was diagnosed with anaemia and ascites – abdominal swelling caused by the accumulation of fluid, often related to liver disease – and was undergoing treatment. However, he succumbed to his illness mid-treatment.

The family tried to go back home with the toddler's body but discovered that the ambulance had returned without them. Poojaram asked the hospital staff for a vehicle to take them back to the village. However, not only did the hospital say it did not have a vehicle at hand, a private ambulance operator demanded ₹ 1,500 as fare! Unable to pay the amount, the single father then tried to find help elsewhere. Leaving Gulshan with his brother’s body in front of Morena's Nehru Park, he went to look for affordable transport.

Gulshan sat there for around half an hour before a local journalist spotted the child and recorded a video of his condition. The video immediately went viral with media focussing on the family’s tragedy. It may be noted that while the family’s condition drew much attention, Jatav finally got help from police officer Yogendra Singh. The official took the family to the hospital and arranged for an ambulance to take them home.

Meanwhile, members of the Dalit community have called the whole ordeal yet another instance of how the marginalised communities and castes in India are left to fend for themselves while the masses decry attempts of affirmative action.

 

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MP: 8-year-old found sitting by the roadside with toddler brother's corpse

Hospital's apathy forces father to leave children near a public park as he went about trying to arrange transport to get them back home

Dalit
Image Courtesy: Twitter

Shocking images of a young boy sitting with a dead toddler in his arms have gone viral on social media. The boy was holding on to his dead brother, the child's lifeless arm hanging out from under a shroud, even as the older child shooed away flies. The incident took place in Morena in Madhya Pradesh when the children's father had to leave the children alone so he could arrange for transport to take them back to their village.

The toddler, identified as Raja, had been referred to the hospital from his homeland in Badfra village of Ambah around 35 km away. His father Poojaram Jatav and sibling Gulshan accompanied him to the hospital. According to NDTV, Raja was diagnosed with anaemia and ascites – abdominal swelling caused by the accumulation of fluid, often related to liver disease – and was undergoing treatment. However, he succumbed to his illness mid-treatment.

The family tried to go back home with the toddler's body but discovered that the ambulance had returned without them. Poojaram asked the hospital staff for a vehicle to take them back to the village. However, not only did the hospital say it did not have a vehicle at hand, a private ambulance operator demanded ₹ 1,500 as fare! Unable to pay the amount, the single father then tried to find help elsewhere. Leaving Gulshan with his brother’s body in front of Morena's Nehru Park, he went to look for affordable transport.

Gulshan sat there for around half an hour before a local journalist spotted the child and recorded a video of his condition. The video immediately went viral with media focussing on the family’s tragedy. It may be noted that while the family’s condition drew much attention, Jatav finally got help from police officer Yogendra Singh. The official took the family to the hospital and arranged for an ambulance to take them home.

Meanwhile, members of the Dalit community have called the whole ordeal yet another instance of how the marginalised communities and castes in India are left to fend for themselves while the masses decry attempts of affirmative action.

 

Related:

Karnataka powrakarmikas to get job permanency in 3 months!
Farrukhabad: Dalit man allegedly beaten to death by UP cops
Subaltern Faces to sustain the Sanatan Core: The Murmus, The Kovinds,  and the Kalams
Lucknow: Two arrested for thrashing Dalit Zomato delivery boy

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