Dana Majhi, who walked for 10 kilometres with his wife’s corpse on his shoulder in Odisha’s Kalahandi district last month, will be in Delhi on Thursday to receive a cheque of Rs 9 lakh - an assistance promised by the Prime Minister of Bahrain.
The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, where his three daughters have been admitted recently for free education, has brought him to the Capital to collect the cheque. The amount will be saved as a fixed deposit in the name of his daughters - Chandini (13), Soni (7) and Pramila (4).
Majhi’s 42-year-old wife, Amang Dei, died of tuberculosis at the district hospital at Bhawanipatna. His daughter Chandini accompanied him till a local reporter spotted the duo.
They called up the district collector and arranged an ambulance for the remaining part of the journey to Melghara village, around 60 kilometre away from Bhawanipatna.
Since the video of Majhi carrying his wife’s body made headlines, donations have started pouring in for him. Bahrain’s PM Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa was reportedly moved by his plight and offered to help the grieving family. A report in ‘Gulf Daily News’ earlier said the premier was upset by the news and he felt “he had to do something to help”.