Obituary Of An Abiku: Or How Hunger And Preventable Disease Claimed Another Child In A Metropolis

How Hunger And Preventable Disease Claimed Another Child In Bangalore

Where is FOOD SECURITY? Karnataka Minister for Women and Child Welfare Umashri says that Meghala died due to infection and not for malnutrition.

Governments and political parties have failed our people. What about human rights activists, progressive movements, civil society organisations?

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IMG_9554Meghala (2006-2013)

This piece appears in another form along with a photo essay on Yahoo News on the 22nd of July, 2013.

* Abiku: The word is derived from Yoruba: (abiku) “predestined to death”, which is from (abi) “that which possesses” and (iku) “death”. Abiku refers to the spirits of children who die before reaching puberty; a child who dies before twelve years of age being called an Abiku, and the spirit, or spirits, who caused the death being also called Abiku.

‘Dekho meri beti kaise soh rahi hai,’ Said Muragama, a visually impaired single mother of two, whose second child now lay covered in ceremonial shrouds, as she and her eldest daughter, prepare to bury her at Dodamma Burial Grounds near DJ Halli in Bangalore on the 17th of July, 2013, just as news and the political-mudslinging of the mid-day meal tragedy, 23 deaths and counting at…

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