Amid the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, homeless people and daily wage workers, who migrate to big cities from their home towns in search of jobs, are now fighting against hunger. The condition across the country is critical but we know–this too shall pass.
Meanwhile, in yet another incident, a poor boy turned into a thief in order to bring food and medicine for his mother. Circumstances due to coronavirus lockdown forced him to become a thief.
The minor boy has been identified as Narendra Rao, who is from Nalanda in Bihar. He was noticed by the police and later arrested by the cops. He was presented before the court where he admitted that he had committed a crime. A local court on Sunday provided him ration, cloth and other essentials and gave him a chance to improve.
“Police caught me as I was running from the crime spot after stealing. Locals gathered in the area to beat me up. I was thrashed by them and then the police personnel took me to jail. Later when I was produced in the court, the judge understood my condition and realized why I got involved in stealing. My mother was sick and we had no food. I wanted to feed her something.,” said Narendra Rao.
A district official, on the other hand, rebutted the boy’s claim and said that the family has a ration card and they have been getting all basic facilities through the government’s pension scheme. The official, however, admitted that the family has no home to live in.
“They have a ration card and they are getting pension under the government scheme. They do not have a house as their name was not mentioned in official data. This is the reason they remained deprived of Awas Yojna. We have provided them with some essential commodities,” he said.
The villagers are also very happy with the court`s judgment and expect that the boy will never go down the wrong path.