This is India Right Now! There is no value for poor lives! This is how COVID is being fought! One of the most tragic visuals about the migrants stranded by the coronavirus lockdown, a toddler plays with a shroud covering its dead mother at a station in Bihar.
Media reports said that the toddler tugs at the cloth placed over his mother’s body. The cloth comes off but his mother doesn’t move; she had died of extreme heat, hunger, and dehydration moments before. The video that is surfacing online is from a station in Muzaffarpur in Bihar, where the 23-year-old woman had arrived on a special train for migrants on Monday.
Heart Wrenching Video
A toddler in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur tries to wake his mother at the railway station . He does not know she is dead , reportedly from the heat , hunger and exhaustion of the train journey from Gujarat .#lockdownpuzzles #lockdownindia #Lockdown5 pic.twitter.com/StTEhArLnG
— A18 Telangana News (@a18_news) May 27, 2020
Indian Railways Ministry said that the deceased woman had been unwell and died on the train, after which the family was asked to get off at Muzaffarpur station.
Millions of migrant workers and their families left to survive for themselves after India went into shutdown in late March due to coronavirus lockdown. Without jobs or money, the migrants set out for their homes thousands of kilometers away, walking or on cycles, autos or trucks. Many died before they could reach home, either in road accidents or from hunger and exhaustion. In the extreme heat, migrant families have been forced to wait in queues, either for tickets or at centers where they are screened and declared virus-free to travel on trains.
Social media is on fire after this video emerged. Users are brutally targeting the Indian government for mismanagement during these critical times.