The girls in Melghat are forced to enter into nuptials in their teens and due to early age pregnancies, they are giving birth to underweight children. Authorities are speechless on the matter whenever mother and new born died. Most of the cases are not covered at high level. There are 3,000 plus malnourished girls in Sangrampur Taluka in Maharashtra. Surprisingly, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi is present there, but no one recognizes his ideologies.
We cannot blame our authorities, as we have enough laws to control this problem. Each family is earning good income here to feed themselves, which I think is adequate for three times meal a day. How much food women are taking is a family issue. We are only able to give them awareness,” said Gayatri Thakral, a women activist from Mumbai.
Tales of other women are equally worst in this Taluka. One girl child has told that her father abandoned the family at her birth and left her mother to struggle along with her six siblings. She is malnourished because boys in family always given healthy food, while she consume only leftover meal. Forty five percent of Sangrampur’s children below ten years suffer from malnutrition and many people argue that the figures are underreported.
Agree there are no healthcare facilities and even a single doctor for women and children is not posted here despite the court has asked the state government to do so. In the absence of proper healthcare and awareness are big factor of increasing these cases,” added Ms Thakral.
The Indian court said, “It is evident that there is denial of medical treatment in those areas. It is a matter of fundamental rights of citizen. The situation must receive attention from the state government and action must be taken on a war-footing.
This year in the month of June, Melghat reported 90 infants in monsoon while other place called Buldhana situation is worse due to drought, and authorities have closed their offices for aid. All these villages are hoping for one more Mahatma Gandhi in India who will come to their help.
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