A jobless father in Jharkhand and his wife have sought death for their suffering son.
Kalidas Munda is a resident of Village Potka, Chakradharpur district of West Singhbhum division in the state. His son, 11-year-old Gulshan, suffers from sickle cell anaemia, an inherited disease that requires complete blood transfusion once every two months.
“We can’t continue… we are left without a penny,” said Munda’s letter addressed to the President of India and submitted to district sub-divisional officer (SDO) JJ Suman.
Worse, the daily-wage earner has had no job for the past six months. This, when the boy’s monthly medical bills touched over Rs 5,000.
With over a lakh spent on Gulshan's treatment and with no money left, the helpless parent said mercy killing or euthanasia was the only way out of their sufferings and misery.
“I want death for my child. We can't afford his treatment anymore. The child is also suffering,” said Parvati, Gulshan’s mother.
The hapless parents approached state Welfare Minister Joba Manjhi but only got assurances from him.
On the district administrations’s part SDO Suman said the family was issued Red Cards — to avail free ration under the public distribution scheme. As for Gulshan’s treatment, the official said efforts were being made to get funds from the state government’s kitty.
This is not the first time in the state that extreme helplessness pushed people to a death wish.
Earlier, Bokaro resident Dilip Machua had written to President Pratibha Patil for mercy killing, after he was paralysed in an accident.
The 30-year-old former slag picker had an old mother, wife and two infant daughters to feed and no other means of livelihood.
In his April 4 letter to the President, he had pleaded that either the government arrange for his treatment or allow him death.
He had also sent copies of the letter to the then chief minister of Jharkhand, Madhu Koda and Governor, Syed Sibtey Razi. Mercifully, nature intervened. Dilip died of natural causes some days later.