Her family in hospital,4-year-old was cremated by neighbours

Sanjana's distraught family members could not even cremate her body because they were all admitted in hospital for over a day after her death.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 27, 2013 3:06 am

NCERT Colony residents feared a serious incident such as the one on Sunday — the deaths of four-year-old Sanjana and Class IV employee Hari Kishen (42),apart from 70 people falling sick — every time they filed a complaint about the contaminated water supply.

Sanjana’s distraught family members could not even cremate her body because they were all admitted in hospital for over a day after her death.

Her cousin Geeta said: “On Sunday,Sanjana began vomiting and had diarrhoea. We rushed her to Safdarjung Hospital. She died by the time we reached. We couldn’t even cremate her. Our neighbours and some of our relatives cremated her since we were all in hospital. They couldn’t preserve the body for another day since it was too humid. Is this justice?”

Shashank Kumar Yadav,a neighbour,said “Since the family wasn’t around,we and Sanjana’s relatives cremated her. It was too humid and since the authorities had done nothing,we had no choice except cremate the girl. The authorities woke up only after the child died.”

Hari Kishen’s relatives cremated his body on Tuesday and returned to their hometown.

NCERT director Parvin Sinclair and deputy secretary Kanta Kelkar on Wednesday visited the family members of Sanjana and gave them Rs 1,000 to help meet expenses for medicines. Sanjana’s cousin Sangeeta,who is four months pregnant and was discharged from Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday,said: “They gave me the money and told me that I should buy fruits and medicines since I am pregnant. We have run up a bill of Rs 15,000 for the whole family. How will this money help? I have lost my little sister. Two of my other cousins,Anjali (8) and Ayan (2) are still admitted.”

Geeta,a nurse at a clinic,returned the money to the deputy secretary. “We told her we didn’t want the money,” she said.

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