Nitish Kumar will never forget the day when he and his sisters buried their dead mother in the back garden.
Only 32, Priyanka Devi died of cod on May 3. Neighbors and relatives refused to help with his funeral, and all the family’s money went to hospital fees.
The Corona virus epidemic struck his family, who live in a small village in Madhulata, in the deprived Indian state of Bihar, with a tragic double blow. It was his father, 40-year-old Dr. Barinder Mehta, who first developed symptoms of covid 19 in the last week of April. Soon, her mother, Priyanka Devi, 32, also fell ill. The two were taken to a private hospital which they could barely bear, but on May 3, Mehta died of the coronavirus. The last rites were arranged for the last rites of the family, using a small amount of money
But with nothing left to pay for her treatment, Devi was discharged from a private hospital and sent home. On May 7, he also died. Due to the cowardice in the local community, no neighbors or relatives came forward to help the orphans perform their last rites. Instead, Kumar, 16-year-old Soni Kumari and 12-year-old Chandni Kumari found themselves orphaned, allowing them to handle their mother’s body alone.
The second wave of devastating code to India in April, which was the worst experience by any nation, may finally come to an end, but trauma and death remain. Hardly a single family in India has been infected with the virus, and coyotes have targeted adults worse than children, leaving thousands orphaned in the past few weeks.
According to a report by the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR), at least 1,742 children have lost their parents, while 7,464 have lost their parents. But with more than 340,000 coronaviruses officially considered a widespread threat, the number of cowardly orphans is likely to be higher than any other record.
For Kumar and his sisters, still mourning his father, the day he lost his mother was the darkest part of his life. He carried his mother’s body to the backyard of his home and dug a grave, while his eldest sister, Sonny, dressed herself in a PPE suit and buried her body as best she could. ۔
At the age of 14, Kumar is now the only ordinary member of the family, and it is feared that he will have to leave school to earn money to feed his sisters. “I wanted to be a doctor,” Kumar said. “But now my first priority is to arrange food for my sisters instead of continuing my education. Right now, we are relying on relief supplies donated by social workers.” Yes, but they will not be available all the time. I have to work. With his death, my dream was buried.
His sister Sonny shared her fears about the future without her parents. “We have no source of income. We have to do something to keep us alive,” he said.
In another case that terrified the country, six-year-old twins were found sleeping with their mother after the deaths of twins and Perry Coyote, unaware that she had died.
Officials and NGOs have expressed concern that children left without parents now face a double risk of being neglected and exploited and trafficked.
“In this epidemic, orphans are the biggest victims of human traffickers,” he said. Children from particularly poor, low-caste communities are more likely to fall into the trap of traffickers, “said Suresh Kumar, a member of the Human Liberty Network, a group of non-profit organizations working to prevent child trafficking. Said
Their volunteers are also keeping a close eye on the movement of children at bus stops and railway stations to prevent them from falling into the clutches of smugglers.
Orphans are being housed in government homes by Kovid, but in the meantime, Illegal appeals for the adoption of Kovid orphans, often children, have also surfaced on social media, prompting public protection organizations Newspaper advertisements warning of repercussions have been forced to be implemented. Report posts instead. The NCPCR said it has also set up a web portal where Kovid orphans and children who were left behind during epidemic outbreaks in India were uploaded to prevent them from falling through the cracks. What to do
Even so, many children who have been orphaned by epidemics are now struggling to survive. Shatrughan Kumar, 12, of Damaria village in Bihar, was raised by his single mother after the death of his mother. But he died last month after showing cowardly symptoms, leaving Kumar the only person to take care of his eight-year-old brother.
“I work on a construction site to make a living, but my income is very meager,” said Shruti. He was rescued from the exploitation of children in a bangle factory in Rajasthan – places that were known a few years ago for their brutal working conditions, horrific wages and excessive use of child labor. But with his mother gone, 12-year-old Shruti Ghan said his only option for survival was to return to the factory floor.
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