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Crime Patrol: Five children who were forced to live at their parents' grave in Uttar Pradesh (Episode 411 on 31st Aug 2014)

The Inside Story

Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh

Orphaned Siblings Find Shelter in Graveyard, Face Social Boycott

In the district of Pratapgarh, located over 160 kilometers from Lucknow, a heart-wrenching tale unfolds. A group of children, the youngest being just seven years old, have turned a blue plastic sheet into their makeshift home near their parents' graves. Both parents succumbed to AIDS within a span of two years, leaving the siblings to fend for themselves. The community, including relatives, offered no assistance and even ostracized them.

Driven by the fear of contracting the virus that claimed their parents' lives, the eldest sibling, a 21-year-old, relocated his three brothers and sister to the graveyard. The children relied on the goodwill of villagers for food, as no one extended a helping hand. The heart-rending situation came to light when NDTV reported the story, prompting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to intervene.

Following the report, the Chief Minister announced arrangements for a house for the siblings, along with financial support of one lakh rupees per child. However, no relative has come forward to stay with them or assist them financially. While the children have been temporarily relocated to their grandmother's house, the challenge of ending the social boycott they face remains. The community's mindset must change to ensure these vulnerable children are embraced and provided the care they desperately need.


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