In a heartbreaking incident, a woman was found dead along the railway tracks in Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh, with her toddler crying near her corpse, trying to breastfeed.
The Hindustan Times report surmises that the woman must have fallen down from the train with the baby clutched tightly to her chest; because when the police finally found the 35-year-old's body, the baby was unhurt.
A railway police officer told HT:
"She was injured but probably conscious... She opened a packet of biscuits and gave some to the child. She breastfed her child to ensure he survives."
Sudhir Vidhyarthi, chairman of the child welfare committee (CWC), Damoh, who was called in by the railway police, told The Times of India:
"The sight of the baby trying to wake his mother up his dead made all the spectators cry."
But the tragic story seemed to have left the government hospital unmoved, because when the CWC workers took the baby to the hospital, they refused to admit him in, because he could not pay ₹10 as the fee.
"Hospital employee was bounded by his order. It was only after a ward boy gave the requisite money that the baby was taken in," Vidhyarthi told TOI.
Now, while the mother's body has been sent for autopsy, the 14-month-old toddler has been shifted to a children's home.
The woman's identity is yet to be identified, and therefore, the CWC is going to publish public notices for the baby family to take him back.
"If his family members come, we will verify their credentials and hand him to them," Vidyarthi added.
(A video of the heartbreaking incident has also surfaced online. Viewer discretion is advised.)
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