Girl dies after 3 days of walk amid lockdown

A girl, native of Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh had set out on the long journey on 15 April, along with 11 others who worked with her on the chilli fields died after walking for 3 days at a village in Telangana.

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: Apr 21, 2020 18:14 IST

Tags: India Corona
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12-year-old died while walking amid lockdown

Jamlo Makdam, the 12-year-old girl, walked nearly 150 km from Telangana to her native Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh. She wanted to reach her home because of the extended nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus. Jamlo Makdam worked in chilli fields to earn for her family, collapsed and died just an hour away from her village.

She was the only child of her parents. She had set out on the long journey along with 8 women and 3 more children who worked with her at a village in Telangana. The group had walked for three days, cutting through forests to avoid the highway.

On Saturday afternoon, Jamlo was around 14 km from home when, after a meal, she felt an excruciating pain in her stomach. Her body was taken to her home in a government ambulance. The state government has announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for the girl's family.

Due to the extended lockdown, thousands of migrant workers, stuck far from home during the lockdown and left without jobs and shelter, have attempted long journeys on foot out of despair. The movement of crowds of migrants defeated the purpose of lockdown, imposed by the Government of India. The migrant workers were stopped by state governments who promised to look after their food and shelter.

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