In the national capital of a country that takes pride in being the world’s fastest growing economy and achieving surplus farm production, three baby girls — aged eight, four and two years — died because they did not get anything to eat.
According to the doctors the three girls were brought to the hospital by their family on Tuesday at least 8-10 hours after they had died.
Police said the father of the three girls who used to work as a rickshaw driver has been missing, and the mother is mentally unstable.
“There was no trace of fat on their bodies. Postmortem showed the stomach was absolutely empty. It’s a case of gross malnutrition,” said Dr Amita Saxena, the MS of Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.
The final cause of death is almost never hunger, but a more immediate ailment, such as diarrhoea or pneumonia, as was also the case in the deaths of the Delhi girls. Children die because they are too weak from hunger, which depletes their bodies of the necessary biological potions that would have staved off these diseases.
The girls family had moved to Mandawali a few days back and they were living with a relative after earlier landlord removed them from the house due to lack of money.
Their father, Mangal, is a rickshaw-puller, but some people had reportedly taken away his rickshaw a few days ago, and since then there was no work for him. The family is financially weak.
The second second autopsy was conducted at GTB Hospital that found no injury marks, with doctors saying “It looked like a typical case of malnutrition, dishevelled, monkey-like face, no trace of fat in the bodies.”
“And when the body was opened, stomach, bladder and rectum were all found empty,” Medical Superintendent of LBS Hospital, Dr Amita Saxena said adding they did not suspect any foul play like poisoning as there was “no food in the stomach”.
And The Politics Has Started!
“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.
Congress’s Ajay Maken, after meeting the girls’ mother, said: “Shocking to hear their story, the failure of the government and the system.”
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.
Reactions of people on social media!
#HungerDeathsInDelhi What are you doing @ArvindKejriwal ji nd @msisodia ji this news is very shameful for Delhi, rather focusing on basic issue you are just doing drama & Politics ..Shame Shame 😢 pic.twitter.com/Cu4bPlT9Ud
— Nitesh K. Mishra (@NKMishra4) July 25, 2018
Its shame on the civilised society and the ruling government
— ravikumbalat (@kumbalat) July 25, 2018
— ज्ञानेन्द्र गिरि (@iGyanendraGiri) July 25, 2018
— Punit Agarwal (@Punitspeaks) July 25, 2018
#HungerDeathsInDelhi so these kids did not eat for 8 days, what were the parents doing? Did they go n ask for food from ration shops? Did they try and get a job? R we expecting politicians to check every house n corner for starvation, where is human responsibility of parents?
— animesh verma (@meshinhead) July 26, 2018
This is really shamefull news that three sister died becoz of starvation this is all due to @ArvindKejriwal,, you promise to provide ration to people of delhi where your promises gone now, when u r going to realise your duties #HungerDeathsInDelhi pic.twitter.com/crLfwiwHx3
— Shivani Sadana (@SadanaShivani) July 25, 2018
— Abid Zaidi (@AbidZaidi1) July 26, 2018
#HungerDeathsInDelhi Highly unfortunate for a state like delhi where children dying due to starvation. Don’t put delhi in shabby state. AAP made delhi a deplorable state.
— YashWardhan (@Yashovardhan31) July 25, 2018
What’s the use of being good in GDP if there is a huge gap in income of common ppl n rich ppl. Few rich and VIP’s r enjoying n common man is suffering. 🙁 .Condition of common man is still same as #richisbecomingricher. Give us employment.@PMOIndia #HungerDeathsInDelhi pic.twitter.com/tSyXIyCnMK
— shailendra gautam (@urshail) July 26, 2018
Heartless, soulless govt of @ArvindKejriwal is responsible for death of 3 small kids Mansi, Paro & Sukho. Starvation deaths in Delhi is a ignominy & it has happened only because @AamAadmiParty govt has wrecked the PDS system, just to favour ration mafias #HungerDeathsInDelhi
— Pratyush Kanth (@PratyushKanth) July 26, 2018
I can’t stop weeping this is really bolt on humenbeing ..three little girls and we are not able to feed them …we waste food daily, we eat on restaurants but can’t feed them shame on us #HungerDeathsInDelhi
— MANIPAL UNIVERSITY (MBBS) (@Abhishe36879382) July 25, 2018
Death of 3 minor girl after starving for 8 days. Wow Mr. system @ArvindKejriwal @narendramodi @RahulGandhi Just Wow, 70 yrs of Independence n now where r we. Now Start Politics n blames #hungerdeathsindelhi. Congrts, Just 1 que, can u feel the pain of those 8 days…. ? pic.twitter.com/3JSEH5oSXg
— Vînød Gupta🇮🇳 (@yuvv4774) July 25, 2018
REALLY SHAME ON POLITICIANS, THEY TURN EVEN HUNGER INTO POLITICS,THESE ARE GOVERNMENT DATA THAT 22 CRORES SLEEP EMPTY STOMUCH, WORD SURVEY REFLECTS INDIA MOST POOREST COUNTRY &STAGING ON NUMBER 2 AFTER NIGERIA,IS IT NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP SHUT & WORK FOR POOR pic.twitter.com/MKT60BwryV
— 🏞P R I N C E J P 🏞 (@jpgoswami_delhi) July 26, 2018
#HungerDeathsinDelhi @directorBIMTECH @BIMTECHNoida Shameful that 3 kids died due to hunger in Delhi.India may be 5 largest economy of the world but how does it vulnerable sections.Political parties blaming each other but not accepting the failure of our system to protect weak.
— HARIVANSH CHATURVEDI (@directorBIMTECH) July 26, 2018