New Delhi: A twist in the tale of Delhi starvation case has left everyone in shock. A ministerial probe into the case suggests that they might have died after their father gave them an “unknown medicine”.
The Delhi government on Friday asked deputy commissioner of police (east) to dig
deeper, after an initial report by sub-divisional magistrate Arun Gupta suggested that three minor girls in Mandawali might have died after their father gave them an “unknown medicine”.
The father of the girls, Mangal Singh, has been missing since the deaths were reported on Tuesday.
Gupta stated in his report that the three children used to eat “some food regularly”, despite their nutritional conditions being poor. The report also said that the three minor sisters were suffering from “loose motion” and “vomiting”, which may have been caused due to some kind of “stomach infection”.
Mangal Singh, father of the three deceased children are missing since their deaths. Gupta stated in his report that the three children used to eat “some food regularly”, despite their nutritional conditions being poor. The report also said that the three minor sisters were suffering from “loose motion” and “vomiting”, which may have been caused due to some kind of “stomach infection”.
The report said that despite suffering from loose motions, the three girls “were not given adequate ORS”.
“The police are relying on the initial autopsy report which says that the girls did not have any trace of food in their digestive system. But, acute loose motions can clear one’s entire system of food and water. It cannot be decisively concluded that the girls died only because of starvation,” said an advisor in the deputy chief minister’s office.
He sought a detailed investigation by the police also because the viscera report of the three children is yet to come.
The report further said that the eldest girl, Mansi (8), “appeared ill” on Monday and had also vomited. “She was provided mid-day meal, but she could not consume much due to her ill health. Officials have also found that Mansi had a Corporation Bank account and as per the bank statement, an amount of Rs 1805 was available in it,” it said.
The doctors who conducted the autopsy said that the condition of the children was so bad that even if they had been given food, they might have vomited it out. “When someone hasn’t eaten in days, the body refuses to accept food. The stomach of the children were completely empty and there wasn’t any trace of faecal matter, which can only happen if they haven’t digested any food for days,” said the doctor.
“Poisoning or any medicine having a reaction is also not possible because most medicines need some body fat to work; the fat reservoirs of the children were completely depleted. Plus, if there were any kind of reaction there would have been signs of it on the organs, probably oedema (swelling caused by a fluid leak from the capillaries) on the stomach, which was not the case,” the doctor added. The mother is currently in a delirious state at Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS).