Lonely & hungry tenant taken to hospital by landlady, dies

Neha had not been eating for the last one week. She fell seriously ill on Sunday night , neighbours said

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Published:July 8, 2014 1:21 am

A 25-year-old woman, who lived alone in her West Delhi flat and was found in a bad condition by her landlady on Monday morning, died after she was admitted in the hospital. Neighbours said she had not eaten for the last one week and complained of a foul smell coming from her flat.

According to police, Neha had moved into the Rajapuri Colony flat in December last year and lived alone on the ground floor. She had not been eating for the last one week, neighbours said. She fell seriously ill on Sunday night and her landlady Pushpa (56) took her to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital on Monday, where she was admitted at the Emergency ward. However, she died later that day around 6. 20 pm.

“Neha was a loner, she never interacted with any of us. She only spoke to Pushpa, her landlady…We knew that she had been ill for a long time…Today morning a strong odour came from her flat and Pushpa called the ambulance,” Indu said.

“Last night she started crying for help. When we heard her, we informed Pushpa who lives with her husband on the floor above Neha’s. Pushpa said she would take Neha to the hospital the next morning,” Amit, a resident of the same building said.

“We know very little about Neha though we live in the same apartment. She used to visit specially- challenged children in an institution and earned around Rs 500 a day…She was on self-medication and  usually gave herself injections when she fell ill, which was often. A dabbawala used to deliver food to her all these days. This time, however, she fell seriously sick because she had stopped eating,” Indu said.

Police recovered Neha’s phone and are trying to contact her younger sister, who lives in Mumbai. The doctor who oversaw Neha  said she was not in a state to give a statement to police.

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