The hard footpath as a bed, cotton sari draping the makeshift room, a Rs 3-blade and a Re 1-thread as medical equipment, and two elderly women as ‘specialists’. Unable to get beds at municipal hospitals, four homeless labourers have been forced to deliver on a pavement outside Koparkhairne Railway Station in the past one month.
The first of the four
Twenty-three children from this community are under five years of age and most of them suffer from
The plight of the community came to light after a young lawyer, while feeding the poor during the
With baby powder in one hand and medicines in the other, she said she has also sought help from friend and orthopaedic surgeon Dr
Ansari said, “It’s a disease where a mite infests your skin and lays eggs in the night. It can ruin your sleep in the heat.” He said the children also suffer from diarrhoea and need two-fold treatment, one for skin and the other for severe malnourishment. “It is sad that those who literally labour and toil for the development of our city are being treated like scum,” Mathai said.
Meanwhile, Gangubai Kale, 44, who conducted the deliveries looks invincible. Explaining how she cut the umbilical cord, she said, “This is how babies are born in the village. When I saw the state of that poor girl I said don’t worry, just lie down here and we will do it for you.”