On the night of 26th December, in a series of tweets, NDTV's group editor tweets information she received from "sources" about an impending Cabinet decision.
Even before an official announcement was made, it was leaked that the girl will be shifted to Singapore. Very little further information was flowing. Many questions remained unanswered, and since this happened in the middle of the night, the morning newspapers simply gave out information regarding the move to Singapore.
On the evening of December 27th, NDTV even enlightened us with "How the plan to fly 'Amanat' to Singapore took shape". We were told that there were a "series of well-coordinated moves". NDTV also tells us that the government wanted to move the girl to a country with "liberal organ transplant laws". Read the article to find out more on the "series of well-coordinated moves".
On the morning of 28th December, The Hindu had this front page story.
The story goes on to tell us that the doctors were only asked "were only asked if the patient was fit to be airlifted — not if the move was medically advisable."
The debate raged on - why exactly was the girl shifted to Singapore. Some said that the government feared more law and order problems if she were to die in Delhi. Some believed that the government actually meant good and sent her to a country with "liberal organ transplant laws". Some believed it was inhuman on the part of the this government to have sent her to Singapore at this stage. None knew who accompanied the girl to the Singapore hospital.
Unfortunately, the girls condition started detoriating ever since she made it to the Singapore hospital. And on the morning of 29th December, she passed away.
Her body was bought to Delhi in the early hours of 30th December (3:30 am according to this report). This report also tells us that the body was taken to the crematorium by 6 am in the morning. And by 7:30, the funeral was completed. Multiple reports have also mentioned as to how the police rushed the family into completing the funeral as soon as possible, fearing law and order problems.
Imagine this folks. You lose your child to a ghastly crime. Someone is breathing down your neck to hasten the funeral. Just imagine how you would feel. That's exactly what this UPA government did. Many loved ones must have missed seeing her for one last time. At 3:30 the body came to India and at 6:00 it was at the crematorium - so imagine the rush with which the last rites would have been conducted.
Custom says that funeral can happen only after sunrise - yet it is being reported that the family was pressurized into completing it earlier. Thankfully, the family stood their ground.
So many questions still remain unanswered:
- Did the doctors first approach the government, seeking to move her to Singapore? If not, what exactly prompted the cabinet to discuss the possibility of moving her to Singapore, under such conditions?
- If NDTV report is to be believed, the Home Minister wanted to move her to a country with "liberal organ transplant laws". How different are the laws different from India? Why don't we have "liberal organ transplant laws?"
- Was the family consulted about this move, or were they coerced into this move? Who spoke to the family regarding this move? Doctors or government officials?
- Who accompanied the girl to Singapore? Was anyone from the family not allowed to go, even if they wished to?
- Was the arrival of the body at 3:30 am in the night pre-planned? Who in the family okayed this move?
- Were the family members given enough time to grieve at the body?
- Why was the funeral rushed through? Why was the already traumatized family of the girl put through further trauma?
- Despite knowing that the Hindu custom does not allow for funeral before sun rise, who pushed the family into completing it before sunrise? Police? If so, whose orders were they following?
- Some reports indicate the fiance of the girl, who fought with the goons was not able to attend the funeral. Is this true?
- This report says - " The electronic media was not present as Broadcast Editors' Association had asked news channels to refrain from covering the funeral." Was this a voluntary decision or was it prompted by the government (it's possible - read this order on the 23rd Dec) ?
I believe it is utterly inhuman on the part of this UPA government to have resorted to such tactics. The "law and order" situation arose because of their mishandling (Part-1 and Part-2 of this mishandling have been documented). - and to rub their inefficiency into traumatizing the family further is incomprehensible. But then, what better can we expect from such a government?