NO RATION CARD, MAN DIED OF HUNGER
26-year-old man died of hunger as claimed by his wife Usha. He was a resident of Dharuta village in Allahabad district and was a seasonal folk theatre artist. Dharmendra, who was a Dalit, had multiple vulnerabilities. Apart from his deteriorating health, he could not read or write and did not have a regular source of income. While his mother begged on the streets, his wife Usha, who is differently-abled, malnourished and anemic, was unable to earn. Two sons were born to the couple but both did not survive. While one was little over a year old and the other was only 12 days old. The family had stopped cooking at home as they did not have a ration card that would entitle them to cheap grain. According to Sapna, Dharmendra’s mother, her repeated requests for a ration card to the pradhan of the village panchayat, were turned down.