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Woman in Bareilly Reportedly Dies of Starvation After Husband Was Denied Ration

Her husband was allegedly denied ration because she could not go along with him to provide her biometrics at the ration shop.

Sakina and her husband. Courtesy: ANI/Twitter

Sakina and her husband. Courtesy: ANI/Twitter

New Delhi: A 50-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly, Sakina, reportedly died of starvation after her husband, Ishaq Ahmed, was allegedly denied ration because she could not accompany him to provide biometric authentication at the ration shop.

The woman, who had reportedly been unwell for five days, was unable to go with him because of her poor health. After they were denied ration, the household did not have enough food, Navbharat Times reported.

While more details on the case are still awaited, the sub-divisional magistrate told ANI that the family was “very poor” and had an Antyodaya ration card, and that the incident would be probed in detail.

This news comes in the wake of a number of reported starvation deaths that activists say are because of the mandated link between Aadhaar and the public distribution system. On September 28, an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand’s Simdega district died, allegedly after her family was denied ration because their ration and Aadhaar cards were not linked. The authorities, however, insisted that she had died of malaria.

Similarly, activists have said that the deaths of three brothers within two weeks of each other in Karnataka’s Gokarna were also caused by starvation after the family was denied ration because they did not have Aadhaar cards. The family, activists said, had two ration cards but were unable to access the public distribution system. In this case too the authorities said that the deaths were not caused by starvation, instead blaming alcoholism.