Damoh baby breastfeeding on mother’s body given to family, no clues about death
Ganesh Ahirwar, a resident of Hardol village in Sagar district, identified the body as that of his wife Phullo’s (45), but said he did not know how she ended up beside the railway tracks.india Updated: May 26, 2017 13:25 IST
Police have identified the woman on whose body her son was trying to breastfeed in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district, but are clueless about her death.
Ganesh Ahirwar, a resident of Hardol village in neighbouring Sagar district, identified the body as that of his wife Phullo’s (45), but said he did not know how she ended up beside the railway tracks in Damoh on Wednesday.
He said as earlier, Phullo had left their village on Tuesday in a bus for Garhakota town in Sagar district for treatment of epileptic fits. He, however, claimed ignorance on how she reached Damoh, nearly 25 km away, or why she would have taken a train.
Residents found Phullo’s body around 6 am, with the toddler sucking his mother’s breasts and nibbling on a biscuit alternately.
They informed railway police and some onlookers shot pictures and videos and posted them on social media.
The wounds suggest she fell on the back of her head, and the concussion and bleeding killed her, though not immediately.
Police said it had recorded the statements of her family and was waiting for post mortem results to throw some light on how she died.
The body, which was kept in Damoh district hospital mortuary, was handed over to Ganesh.
Damoh district child welfare committee, which had taken custody of the child, Deiv Singh, handed him over to the family members on Thursday evening in the presence of state finance minister Jayant Malaiya, who gave the family Rs 11,000.
There has been an overwhelming response from readers since HT published the report on Wednesday.
Many people wrote on social media that they wanted to help the child and contribute in his upbringing.
“Please let us know if someone comes forward to help the child. I am a mother of a 16-month-old and cannot stop thinking about the trauma this baby must be going through...,” Pooja Tyagi wrote on Facebook.