Despite the government schemes to rehabilitate manual scavengers, the scavenging still continues. The caste stigma attached to it has become inseparable—jobs of sanitary workers are reserved to SC/STs, even in this modern era of computers and the internet!
4-year-old Nawaz passed away from pneumonia. Afflicted with cerebral palsy, he was also severely malnourished. The responsibility for his death could very well fall on the hospital that refused to treat him.
While 120 new applications for disability certificates were processed at the 2 day camp at DJ Halli, several differently-abled persons were turned away as doctors had come ill-prepared, without necessary equipment.
Yesterday – Anjaneya. Today Meghala. How many more kids should die before malnourishment is tackled? Isn’t this a testimony to the carelessness of the IT city, Bangalore, towards its poor and underprivileged?
A tale of two little girls in Bangalore – Meghala, 6 and Disha, 3. Both of them fell sick around the same time. Disha recovered quickly and is back to her bubbly self. Meghala died on 17 July. Was she a child of a lesser god?