Three children die from starvation in Delhi

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:45, Jul 26,2018


Two of the three dead children are seen with their father in a family photo. — NDTV

The Bengali children aged eight, four and two years died from starvation in Indian capital of New Delhi, said doctors triggering shock and media sensation.  

Amita Saxena, medical superintendent at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, said after two autopsies, ‘There was no trace of fat on their bodies. Postmortem showed the stomach was absolutely empty. It’s a case of gross malnutrition.’

‘In my career of 15 years at a government hospital, never have I seen something like this,’ another doctor on the case said, according to NDTV.

The mother of the three took them to the hospital on Tuesday where doctors declared them dead.

As police asked her who they died, she mumbled, nearly collapsing, ‘Give me food….’

Doctors after an initial examination said the three children had not eaten for eight days.

The family of five from West Bengal moved into Mandawali in east Delhi on Saturday with a friend of the children’s rickshaw-puller father, say neighbours.

He had come to Delhi for work after his rickshaw was stolen.

The girls’ mother looked ‘mentally unsound’, the police said.

Leaders of the BJP and the Congress visited the family and both targeted Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government.

‘It is utterly shameful... I don’t want to make it about politics... The centre sends subsidised food; it is the Delhi government’s job to deliver it to citizens,’ said BJP’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari.

The AAP accused the BJP of pointing fingers after blocking its scheme for doorstep delivery of services including ration.

‘Delhi government has been begging for a year for the doorstep delivery of ration. Who has been blocking it? There should be an investigation,’ said AAP’s Sanjay Sharma.

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