Odisha man walks 160 KM with two kids on shoulders amid Covid-19 lockdown

Everyone is well aware of the fact that India, at the moment, is under complete lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The nationwide shutdown has created a panic situation in the country, especially for the daily wage workers who are not able to survive in urban areas without work. They can not even go back to their villages as they are stuck in cities.

Amid the nationwide lockdown, homeless people and daily wage workers, who migrate to big cities from their home towns in search of jobs, are facing critical problems.

Meanwhile, a heart-wrenching video of a man carrying his two sons on his shoulders on foot amid the nationwide coronavirus shutdown emerged in Odisha.

It has been learnt that Daily wage labourer Rupaya Tudu had gone to Jaipur from Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district to work in a brick kiln. This place is 160 km far from his house.

Tudu decided to return home due to the countrywide shutdown, but he did not have his personal vehicle. Now, he had no choice but to cover a long distance on foot. Tudu did not only carry the burden of his family but also put his two sons on the slings and lugged them on his shoulders and continued travel on foot till he reached his village on Saturday.

Finding no other way, the stranded family decided to walk back home, but the main problem Tudu had to face was how to carry his two sons – 4-year-old and two-and-a-half-year-old.

A thought then came to his mind, Tudu organised two slings and suspended them from a bamboo yoke. He put his two sons on the slings and lugged them on his shoulders.

“As I did not have enough money, I decided to return to my village on foot. We had to walk for 7 days before we could reach our village on Friday evening. Sometimes it was a little painful carrying the kids on the sling, but I had no other way,” said Tudu.

Tudu and his family were asked to remain in home quarantine for 21 days, but there was no provision of food for them. 

The entire world is in a state of shock after the novel coronavirus pandemic impacted lakhs of people’s lives. By far, the virus has affected over 4.7 million people globally and the global death toll has risen to at least 315,000. Thankfully, over 1.73 million people have recovered from the deadly outbreak.

In India alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 96,000 so far, while at least 3,000 people have died in the country from the infection. The complete lockdown was imposed across the country in order to check the spread of COVID-19 outbreak.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.