The leader of the opposition in Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh for both the children of Arbina Khatoon, a migrant mother who died due to heat and hunger while returning from Ahmedabad by a Shramik special train to Muzaffarpur on Monday.
Tejashwi also said all expenses for the education of Khatoon’s two children would be met and a job would be provided in Katihar to their closest family member.
RJD leader reached out to Khatoon’s family through video conferencing.
“Who is responsible for these deaths due to hunger and thirst in trains? So far, what assistance has been provided by the Government and Railways to the families of the deceased?” Tejashwi took to Twitter to criticize the government’s approaches to migrant workers and their families.
A viral video clip shared on social media showed a toddler trying to wake his dead mother lying on a railway platform in the eastern city of Muzaffarpur has shocked Indians.
According to local media reports, the family of Arbina Khatoon said she died of hunger and dehydration, highlighting the suffering migrant workers have endured due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The 35-year-old is among at least nine migrant workers who have died on trains in recent days while travelling back to their homes.
Calling the incident “rather shocking and unfortunate”, the Patna High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the harrowing video of a toddler trying to wake up his dead mother.