A day after her death, Rida Shaikh’s family was the picture of grief — and outrage. Memories of Rida and her images on TV haunted the Shaikhs as they lashed out at Jehangir Hospital, alleging that it was medical negligence that snatched the 14-year-old away from them.
Rida, a Class 9 student of St Anne’s, died at 5.10 pm on Monday just as her school rang the final bell and her classmates began rushing home. Most of them came to know of Rida’s passing away only on Tuesday.
As the authorities declared a two-day mourning, Rida’s friends gathered at the school, their eyes brimming with tears. “We had been friends for years. She was a great student. I am now left with only her memories,” said Ayesha.
Rida attended school till July 23, said another friend Rucha. “After that, we kept in touch for two days. I never thought that my call to her on July 25 would be the last.”
Rida’s teachers said she was enthusiastic about school events. “The first and last news we got about her health was on Monday evening after she passed away. It was a shock,” said Nirmala Choudhari, vice-principal of St Anne’s.
Icon Tower, the building in Nanapeth locality where Rida stayed, wore a grim look. There was little activity, apart from the quarantine operations that health officials had initiated.
“I don’t know how I will survive without my daughter,” said Rida’s father Sajid. Her mother was stunned into silence. “She has not spoken to anybody after the tragedy,” said a relative.