Death not a great leveller here

It was equally appaling that the staff were so busy with ‘clearing the air’ of the stench during the minister’s visit that they conveniently hid the death. When this reporter accompanied a women rights activist to the dormitory, inmates pointed out to a room and casually said a woman lay dead there.

Curled in the corner of a room, lay the shrivelled body of an aged woman covered with a dirty blanket. Her clothes, skin and blanket were smudged with human excrement and dirt.

An unbearable stench enveloped the dormitory. The woman had been dead for several hours as rigor mortis had already set in.

The lone doctor at the Colony, Dr Harimurthy indifferently remarked after a cursory examination of the body, “How am I supposed to know about her? It is the job of the attendants to bring it to my notice.”

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