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Congress demands inquiry into death of tribal woman, child in Kerala-Karnataka border forest

Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala said it was shocking that though Kerala and Karnataka police were informed about the incident, nobody had provided them any help.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram |
December 4, 2016 8:51:26 pm

Opposition Congress in Kerala on Sunday demanded that the state government carry out an inquiry into the recent death of a tribal woman who gave birth to a still born child in a forest bordering Kerala and Karnataka. The 20-year-old woman and her girl child have been died for want of medical attention inside Makoottam forest on December two.

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Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala said it was shocking that though Kerala and Karnataka police were informed about the incident, nobody had provided them any help.

“The woman and child had died due to lack of medical aid and their bodies remained unattended in the forest for over 20 hours. This was an insult to Kerala,” he said here in a release.

The tragedy occurred at a time when the government was claiming that it has been implementing various development initiatives worth crores of rupees, he said.

“It is the responsibility of any civilised society to protect the weaker and marginalised sections like tribals by giving them special care. An inquiry should be carried out on how such an incident had happened in the state,” he said.

He also urged the government to take action against police and forest officials who did not provide them help and sought the to give the family financial assistance.

According to police, the mother and child had died due to lack of timely medical care during delivery.

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