Posted for: Le Bouffon du Génocide
KANPUR: A 13-year-old’s “suicide” prank turned into a cruel joke and double tragedy for his blind mother in UP’s Jalaun when he slipped and the noose turned fatal, drawing the life out of him as his three younger siblings screamed and their mom flailed about hopelessly with rescue attempts doomed by her lack of vision.
Sangita, 50, blind from birth, was left cursing her fate at son Jas’s loss on Sunday at their home in Orai town. “Had God not taken my sight away, I would have saved my child. He died in front of me and I could not do anything,” she said.
The tragedy unfolded while Jas, a Class V student, was playing with siblings Yash (9), Mehak (7) and Astha (5) at their home in Orai’s Kanshiram Colony. Sangita had dozed off in another room while her husband Khem Chandra (54) was out at work in the local grain market. The tipping point in the kids’play session came when Jas attempted the mock suicide and the stool he was standing on slid away.
Yash, Mehak, and Astha thought for a while that Jas was still in the act until they saw blood ooze out of his mouth and nose, and his body hang motionless from the rope that had been tied to a window bar, police said. The children raised the alarm, began screaming, jolting Sangita out of her nap. She rushed to save him but her blindness proved an insurmountable obstacle: she searched desperately for a knife or a sickle to cut Jas’s noose but couldn’t find one.
It was too late by the time Sangita could alert her neighbours, who eventually arrived a few minutes later, untied the knot and rushed Jas to a nearby hospital. The doctors there declared him dead upon arrival. Khem Chandra, too, was shattered beyond words, almost numbed by the sheer combination of tragic circumstances. “Jas often used to play with his siblings but I never knew he would play such a fatal game this time,” he said.
According to Mohammad Arif, in charge of the local Orai police outpost who spoke to the family’s neighbours and others, Jas helped out at home as the eldest child. “When her husband was away at work, Jas used to do most of the household chores after coming back from school as his mother could not see,” the officer said. The family was initially reluctant to allow a post-mortem but agreed after persuasion.