New Delhi, June 5: Within a span of 24 hours, another woman allegedly died of starvation in Chatra district of Jharkhand. The victim’s son said that his mother had been without food for last four days. The woman, identified as Meena Mushar, was a rag picker and hadn’t earned anything for last few days, her son said.
The mother-son duo originally belonged to Gaya in Bihar and had been living in Jharkhand’s Chatra for the last couple of years.
Mushar was brought to Primary Health Center, Itkhori, where she was declared brought dead. “For four days, I had been unable earn even a rupee. So, we could not have any food. Since Monday evening, my mother’s health started to deteriorate. But with no money in hand, there was very little that I could do for her,” her son was quoted as saying.
While the victim’s son alleged that his mother died of starvation, the doctors said that the cause of her death could only be ascertained after the autopsy. Circle Officer (CI) Dilip Kumar, however, claimed that her death was probably due to Tuberculosis which she had been suffering from for past quite some time.
“The woman was brought dead, she suffered with TB in the past, body has been sent for post-mortem that will reveal the cause of death,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Slamming the government, former chief minister Hemant Soren alleged that it is not the hunger but the government is silently killing the poor. “How and to whom CM Raghubar Das is selling the dreams of new Jharkhand? When the government is not being able to make food available to the public,” he said, in a tweet.
On June 4, a 58-year-old woman allegedly died of starvation in Giridih district of Jharkhand. The family of the victim, Savitri Devi, alleged that she died due to the negligence of the authorities in providing them with a ration card. The family said that they didn’t have food for last three days.