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Odisha boy carries dead mother on bicycle after villagers refuse to help because of caste

(News Alert Special)

 

Here’s what a teenager from a village in Odisha had to endure after his mother died — and caste prejudice reared its ugly head.

Boy Saroj, 17, carried his mother’s body on a bicycle for four to five kilometres.

 

  • Teenager carries mother’s body for 4-5 km
  • She died when she went to fetch water and fell on the ground
  • Incident happened in Karpabahal village

As young Saroj pushed the cycle carrying his mother’s body down a crumbling lane, there was little to distract him from his thoughts but the sound of his own feet scraping against the loose gravel.

 

Covered from head to toe, Janki Sinhania’s corpse was laid out across the seat on she might once have ridden pillion, and kept in balance by a stiff makeshift bunk.

When it was time to conduct her last rites, not even one of her neighbours in Karpabahal, a village in Odisha, wanted to help Saroj carry her body to the cremation ground.

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Their reason: she belonged to a lower caste.

So Saroj, 17, carried her body on the bicycle for four to five kilometres.

He is said to have buried his mother in a forest.

 

Janki Sinhania, who was 45, died when she went to fetch water and fell on the ground.

Her husband — a man from Sundergarh district whom she married ten years ago — is also dead. She stayed in her paternal village with her son and daughter after his death.

During Janki Sinhania’s final journey, Saroj stood and answered questions in an unpaved village street, his head covered in a dirty towel.

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When he was asked whom the body belonged to, he spoke in a quiet voice. Mother!

No ambulance, forced to carry pregnant woman in bedsheet for 7 km

 

She had to be carried to the hospital on the makeshift stretcher because the hamlet is not connected with a motorable road and no ambulance was available either.

She had to be carried to the hospital on the makeshift stretcher because the hamlet is not connected with a motorable road and no ambulance was available either.

The incident pertains to Pallakad district of Kerala. (Photo: ANI)

 

  • Woman is a native of eastern Attapady, a tribal belt in Palakkad district.
  • Her hamlet is not connected to a motorable road.
  • She gave birth to a baby girl; both are safe.

A 27-year-old pregnant woman in Kerala had to be carried by her relatives in a makeshift stretcher made out of a bedsheet and a wooden log for at least 7 km so as to reach the nearest hospital.

 

The unfortunate incident pertains to Palakkad district of Kerala, a state that for years has boasted of maintaining an ‘impressive’ human development index.

The woman is a native of eastern Attapady, a tribal belt in Palakkad district. She had to be carried to the hospital on the makeshift stretcher because the hamlet is not connected with a motorable road and no ambulance was available either. She later gave birth to a baby girl at the hospital.

#Kerala: A pregnant tribal woman carried to hospital by her family members in Palghat’s Attappadi, due to unavailability of an ambulance.

 

This is how the poverty rules India where secession movements are on the rise, vigorously especially in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Defence spending not the poverty alleviation, Hiduavata and Mahasabhai approach is dominated now where right wing exctremism is ruling against minorities, Christians, Sikhs and Muslims. Question is how long this will be helpful in one India.

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