Starvation deaths of Delhi sisters broach up that wrong medicine was given by father

BRIJESH CHAUHAN 28/07/2018 11:24 AM

Starvation deaths of Delhi sisters broach up that wrong medicine were given by father

New Delhi, Jul 28: An investigation into the starvation deaths of three sisters in Delhi broach up that, the cause of death was due to unknown medicine given by their father.

The Delhi government on Friday asked Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) to dig deeper, after an initial report by sub-divisional Magistrate Arun Gupta suggested that three minor girls in Mandawali might have died after their father gave them an “unknown medicine”.

Mangal Singh, father of the girls has been missing since the deaths were reported on Tuesday, efforts were made to catch Mangal to unravel the mystery, said police. 

Gupta stated in his report that the three children used to eat “some food regularly”, despite their nutritional conditions being poor. The report also said that the three minor sisters were suffering from “loose motion” and “vomiting”, which may have been caused due to some kind of “stomach infection”.

Doctors who conducted the initial autopsy of the three girls at Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital, ingeminate that the deaths were a “clear case of starvation”. “This is the first time in all my years of working as a doctor that I have seen such gross starvation. We have ruled out any other cause,” said a doctor from Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital.

The deaths could have been deliberate or caused due to negligence. It also stated that a night before their deaths, Mangal Singh had given the girls “some unknown medicine by mixing it in hot water”, said Gupta.

The area’s district Magistrate, K Mahesh, who also helped prepare the report, has added that Singh has been missing since the time of the incident which raises suspicion. In his note, he also raised doubts as to how three girls of different age groups – 2, 4 and 8 years – could die on the same day and during the same morning hours.

The report said that despite suffering from loose motions, the three girls “were not given adequate ORS”.

Another report prepared by the Integrated Child Development Services through Delhi government’s women and child development department stated that benefits under the Anganwadi scheme and the National Food Security Act could not reach the children because the family “used to shift houses” often.

“The benefits could not reach her as the family used to keep moving houses. Sometimes they have even gone to West Bengal to stay for a few months,” an official from the department said.


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