He saw his mother reach a stage where she would not talk to anyone, eat anything or even move from her bed. Life was tough for the 15-year-old Amit (name changed), son of Mamta Gupta, 40.
Mamta, along with her sister Nirja, 29, had been starving for months before they were rescued on Saturday by their cousin. The sisters lived in a flat in Rohini with Amit and their 76-year-old mother Nirmala Devi.
Recalling the horror of six years, Amit said his mother never responded whenever he would try and talk to her. “Whenever I asked her to eat, she would shout at me. Earlier, she used to talk to me and would help me with my homework. But for the past six years she stuck to that one bed,” he said.
These days, Amit spends all his time at the Baba Sahab Ambedkar Hospital, hoping his mother would speak to him one day. “She speaks to everyone but me,” he added.
He told HT that his grandmother used to cook food for everyone till she fell ill last Diwali. “There was no one to cook for us. Many times, I did not eat for 2-3 days at a stretch. I wanted to tell someone my story, but my grandmother never allowed me,” he added.
Amit used to go to a government school but was forced to abandon his studies due to financial constraints. “I want to go to school again,” he said.
Amit’s tale reveals how his mother starved herself to a condition where she weighed just 15kg. “Even in summers, she would take a blanket. She remained in one posture for years. When she was forcefully taken out of that bed, blood was spattered all over the bedsheet,” he said.
Amit says he has never seen his father who deserted his mother soon after marriage. Nirja was his friend. But there's a silver lining to the dark cloud that his life has so far been — his friends, who would earlier stay away, have started to meet him after the incident came to light.