In a span of two days, a 17-year-old Class 12 student lost both his parents to Covid-19 in Jamtara district of Jharkhand. In Gumla district, a 17-year-old, a Class 5 dropout, is now the head of the family to three younger siblings, after their mother succumbed to the virus. In Ranchi’s Bero block, a 14-year-old has been fighting nightmares since his mother, his only surviving parent, died.
These are among the children identified officially as Covid-19 orphans in a drive launched by the Hemant Soren government to list families of those who have lost members to the virus, through death records as well as a door-to-door survey. With trafficking common in many parts of Jharkhand, Chief Minister Soren has emphasised that the Covid crisis should not leave children open to any form of exploitation.
For now, the children are battling grief, and struggling to understand this sudden turn in their lives.
News Source: INDIANEXPRESS