Humanity died in Hyderabad on Wednesday night. A young mother, grieving the death of her 10-year-old son, was forced to stay on the street all night, forced to get drenched in the rain without an ounce of comfort, all because her landlord did not think it was ‘auspicious’ to have a dead body inside the house.
The shocking incident took place in Venkateshwar Nagar in Kukatpally area on Wednesday night.
Eswaramma and her younger son sat with the body of Suresh, who died of dengue at the government-run Niloufer Hospital on Wednesday evening. Eswaramma brought the body to the house where she was living on rent with her two sons for the last four years. But she did not expect her house owner, Jagdish Gupta, to stop her from entering the premises.
Jagdish refused to allow the body inside the house, saying since his daughter got married recently, it would be inauspicious to keep the body in the house. He showed no mercy even though it was raining heavily.
The neighbours, though, decided to help Eswaramma out. They arranged for tarpaulin covers, and also brought a body box for the 10-year-old.
Condemning Jagdish’s inhuman act, they also collected donations for Suresh’s last rites.
According to reports, seven children have died due to dengue between July and September, including three who died because of medical facilities allegedly not up to the mark.
The New Indian Express reported that a total of 915 cases of dengue were detected in Telangana until September 9, 2017, out of which, 354 were recorded in Khammam district and 192 cases were recorded in Hyderabad.
"We are reporting every case that is being notified. Since last year, we have also ramped up our surveillance and are continuing to do so this year too," Dr S Prabhavathi, State Programme Officer for the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme told The Hindu.
With IANS Inputs.