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'The World Doesn't Deserve You': Twitter Says #SorrySujith After 2-Year-Old Dies in Borewell

On Tuesday, the two year old boy, who had been trapped in an abandoned borewell in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu for the past four days, died.


Updated:October 29, 2019, 2:10 PM IST
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'The World Doesn't Deserve You': Twitter Says #SorrySujith After 2-Year-Old Dies in Borewell
Family of two-year-old Sujith Wilson grieves after his mortal remains were recovered from a borewell in Tamil Nadu.

On Tuesday, a two-year-old boy, who had been trapped in an abandoned borewell in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu for the past four days, died and his "decomposed" body was retrieved by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams.

Commissioner of Revenue Administration J Radhakrishnan announced that their worst fears had been confirmed and that the boy had died; he also announced that digging operations had been suspended. Following the announcement, hashtags like #RIPSujith or #SorrySujith began trending online, with condolences pouring in from different corners of the country. Political leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Dr. Harsh Vardhan also tweeted:

There was a sense of underlying angst and frustration of the common man who blamed the apathy of the government towards "killer borewells", which have claimed lives in the past too. For instance, in Punjab, a two-year-old died after he fell into a borewell and could not be saved, although his body was retrieved.

In May, a young girl fell into a 440 feet deep borewell. Even after a fourteen-hour rescue mission, the child could not be saved. Recurrent instances and failure on the government's part to take adequate measures has fuelled heated discussions on Twitter about "empty promises" or how the government would rather spend millions on Moon missions yet ignore the very real problem of borewells here at home.

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