WEST BENGAL: In a heartbreaking incident that highlights the dire consequences of infrastructural neglect, a woman in West Bengal tragically succumbed to her illness while being carried on a wooden cot to the hospital.
The appalling state of the roads in the village prevented ambulances from entering, leaving the family with no choice but to resort to this makeshift mode of transportation.
Mamoni Roy, a 24-year-old woman, had been battling a fever since Wednesday. Her condition worsened, prompting her desperate husband, Kartik Roy, to frantically seek medical assistance.
He repeatedly called ambulance services, private cars, and even rickshaws, but his pleas were met with refusal due to the village’s notoriously poor road conditions.
With no other option, Kartik Roy embarked on a harrowing journey, carrying his ailing wife on a wooden cot through the treacherous mud. By the time they reached the hospital, it was too late. Mamoni had succumbed to her illness, her life extinguished due to the lack of basic infrastructure.
This tragic incident has sparked outrage and ignited a debate about the government’s responsibility towards its citizens.
The BJP’s Amit Malviya pointed the finger at Mamata Banerjee, urging her to prioritize basic services and dignity for the people of West Bengal.
In response, Subhomoy Basu of the Trinamool Congress defended Banerjee’s efforts, highlighting her initiative to improve road infrastructure through the ‘Pathashree’ scheme.
While political blame-gaming may provide temporary relief, it cannot undo the pain and loss inflicted upon Mamoni Roy’s family. Her death serves as a stark reminder of the human cost of negligence, the price we pay when those in power fail to fulfill their obligations.
The tragedy of Mamoni Roy is a poignant call to action for those in authority. It is a plea to prioritize the well-being of citizens, to ensure that basic amenities like healthcare are not hindered by infrastructural shortcomings. Mamoni’s story should serve as a catalyst for change, a reminder that lives depend on the actions we take today.