Because of the nationwide lockdown continuing for the fourth phase as the coronavirus pandemic refuses to budge, the migrant laborers continue to suffer from lack of a roof over their heads, lack of food to eat, and lack of money to stay or travel to their native states.
The migrants, having lost their jobs due to the lockdown, have been walking thousands of miles by foot to reach their states without having any alternate options. There have been many reports of migrant laborers being killed in train accidents, bus, and truck accidents. The gut-wrenching visuals of workers being broken down due to exhaustion, low morale, and disappointments have spread across social media.
In another tragic incident relating to a migrant laborer, a laborer’s wife who was pregnant after having over a hundred kilometers from Ludhiana delivered a girl child after reaching Ambala. Unfortunately, the baby died shortly after birth.
Failed to register for Special Trains
In their 20s, both Bindia and her husband Jatin Ram had set out to their village in Bihar from Ludhiana where they were working. On their way, when they reached Ambala, Bindia gave birth to a female child. After the demise of their newborn, the couple also performed the last rites of the baby in Ambala. After their marriage of two years, it was their first child.
The couple had come to Punjab in search of work a year ago. Ram secured a job as a laborer in a factory. With the coronavirus outbreak, they were forced out of work and practically made them homeless. Many of the migrants hired vehicles to reach their native cities and states. Ram and nine-month pregnant Bindia decided to walk to their hometown after they failed to secure registration in the Shramik Special trains and also to save money for their future travel.
According to Ram, Bindia was very weak because she couldn’t get access to a proper diet necessary for pregnant women. He even admitted that they didn’t possess enough money to buy food. When Bindia had labor pain, the local police helped Ram to take her to the civil hospital. Currently, an NGO in Ambala has made arrangements for their stay and also provided them with food.
Source: India Times