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A painful, lonely end

Forty-eight hours after she died, having lost a long battle against throat cancer, 65-year-old Harmina Kaur’s body was found in her flat by the police early on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2009 23:09 IST
HT Correspondent

Forty-eight hours after she died, having lost a long battle against throat cancer, 65-year-old Harmina Kaur’s body was found in her flat by the police early on Tuesday.

The door to Kaur’s flat, number 1694 located at Sector 37 in Noida’s Arun Vihar, was found locked from inside, according to the police.

When the police team broke in, they found the body on a bed in her bedroom.

The police found no signs of either a forcible break-in or theft of valuable articles.

Deputy Superintendent of Police RN Mishra said: “A few Sector 37 residents had complained about foul smell from house number 1694. When a police team went there, it found Harmina Kaur’s highly decomposed body lying on the bed. “

Kaur, said a neighbour who requested anonymity, was unmarried and stayed alone in the flat “since a decade.”

Her only sister stays in the the US though she had a few relatives in Delhi.

An auto driver would usually accompany her for treatment to an east Delhi hospital.

Kaur not only led a solitary life, it seems there was no one to attend to her in her final hours.

Mishra added, “ The door to the house was locked from inside… It appeared she died two days ago.”

Kaur was the daughter of late Prithvi Nand Singh and was a cancer patient, he said.

“This highlights the plight of senior citizens living alone. There were no signs of robbery or theft in the house, it appears to be natural death,” said Mishra.

“Her sister lives in America. The sister’s brother-in-law, who lives in Delhi had come to take her body,” Mishra added.

Noida Citizen Forum’s convener, LK Batra told Hindustan Times, “In spite of the District Magistrate’s directive issued in 2004, no help line for senior citizens have been set up till now. “

The police had also promised regular visits by their teams to the homes of senior citizens but that did not happen,” Batra said.

The police have sent the body for post mortem to establish the exact cause of death.