Giridih (Jharkhand), June 4: A 58-year-old woman allegedly died of starvation in Giridih district of Jharkhand. The deceased has been identified as Savitri Devi, who, her family alleged, 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.

The officials of the district also confirmed that the family of the victim did not have any ration card but are also probing if an application, regarding the same, had been submitted by the family.

Sheetal Prasad, MO Dumri said that due to the negligence of authorities, the ration card of the woman could not be made, which is why she was unable to get ration. “Due to negligence of authorities, her ration card could not be made, which is why she was unable to get ration. Action will be taken against the culprits,” she said.

Devi’s daughter-in-law Saraswati Devi said that request for a ration card for the family was made a number of times but the authorities didn’t pay any heed. “Savitri Devi had not got food since three days. Both the sons somehow manage to earn daily bread by doing chores outside. But since past some days, situation escalated as contact could not be established,” she said, reported ANI.

“They were only able to eat after begging people for food. Request for ration card was made a number of times but no one paid heed,” she added.

Savitri Devi’s son claimed that even though his mother had been selected under a scheme for widows in 2014, she had not been receiving her pension for last three years. The last when he talked with her wife, he said, the family had managed come ration from a self-help group in the village. “But it too had finished-off and for nearly three days, no food was cooked in the house,” he told The Indian Express.