28 October, 2020

Cruel Homecoming! Of A Dying Son And Race Against Time For A Migrant Worker

As daily labourer Ram Pukar Pandit walked back from Delhi to Begusarai, he heard his 11-month-old son had died due to stomach infection

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Cruel Homecoming! Of A Dying Son And Race Against Time For A Migrant Worker

Ram Pukar Pandit has at last reunited with his family in Bihar, but it is not the homecoming he was looking forward to. An abiding sense of loss and guilt continues to haunt him ever since he reached his village, distraught and heartbroken—barely a few days after his 11-month-old son, whom h e had never seen, succumbed to a stomach infection.

The 38-year-old from Basahi village under Cheria Bariarpur block of Begusarai district is yet to reconcile to the fact that he was not around when his toddler breathed his last or, worse, when his body was flown quietly into a nearby river by his family members in his absence.

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Pandit’s son Ram Pravesh, who was born last year, had brought happiness to his family comprising his wife Bimal Devi and three daughters, the eldest nine years old. But he had never seen his only son, let alone held him in his arms. His wife was...



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