Jaipur: Failing to get financial assistance for the treatment of her two paralytic children, a woman in Rajasthan has written to the state government seeking permission for their mercy killing.
Ramila Devi, 30, is a resident of Sallada village near Sarada town in Udaipur district, around 300 km from Jaipur.
She has an eight-year-old daughter Bhumika Kumari and a four-year-old son Tanish. Both suffered a paralytic attack about two years after their birth and became physically disabled. The illness has rendered them completely bed-ridden.
She said on Wednesday that she posted a letter to the district collector on Tuesday in which she has requested him to give her permission for her children's mercy killing.
Ramila's husband Ganeshi Lal Teli said: "My first daughter Bhumika was born in perfect health. However, when she was about two years old, she suffered from fever and suddenly stopped moving. Her hands and legs got stiff. Same thing happened to our son Tanish."
Ganeshi Lal, a labourer, has spent all her savings on the treatment of his two children.
"We have sold our agriculture land, jewellery and other valuables. Now we are completely broken. We have been running from pillar to post to get some financial help from the government, but to no avail," said Ganeshi Lal.
Her wife Ramila said that they didn't have enough money to buy food many a days.
"My children cry feeling hungry and I am not able to get them food twice a day. The government speaks of so many welfare schemes for poor people. However, there seems to be no scheme for people like us," she said.
"One may think it is brutal as mothers sacrifice even their lives to save their children. However, in my case, I can't see my daughter and son in such agony and pain. It is better if they die. They would at least get rid of every day's struggle to survive," said Ramila.
Sallada village Sarpanch (council head) Devilal Meena said that senior officials in the district have been made aware of Ramila Devi's plight.
"The family's condition is really very serious. A delegation of villagers will meet the district collector and local public representatives soon seeking help for them," said Meena.