by Pervez Bari
BHOPAL: Women India Movement (WIM) has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sudden decision to lockdown the country which has caused utmost human tragedy to the poor people.
WIM national general secretary Yasmin Islam in a statement said that the fallout of lockdown has resulted in a poor woman in Uttar Pradesh to fling her five starving children in the Ganges River because she was unable to bear the pain of seeing them crying for food. So, she took such a cruel step. For this human tragedy PM Modi is to be blamed, she said in the statement.
Yasmin said that the abrupt lockdown decision taken by PM Modi has left people stranded in different parts of the country who are very upset and desperate to go home. It has forced the poor labourers of the country and their families to live hungry as food is not available to them. Providing food to all the poor from the state exchequer is not possible and people are also facing other problems and difficulties every day. If this continues, the people will die of starvation and not from Coronavirus, she said.
Another incident occurred in Bihar wherein a sick child was taken by his parents to the local Kurtha hospital where the doctor seeing the poor condition of the child asked them to take him to another hospital with an oxygen mask. However, according to the statement of the child's father, when he asked for an ambulance, the doctor refused saying that driver is not available. So, the suffering mother took the sick child in her lap and started running towards the hospital and the child died in the mother’s lap after sometime. What kind of deteriorating situation is arising in the country when the Prime Minister had said that not a single person will be disturbed, asks Yasmin.
WIM urged the Central government to make arrangements to provide assistance to the poor according to their needs. Proper arrangements should be made to provide food and treatment to the people who are trapped in lockdown so that no one in the country dies due to hunger and without treatment.
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