I cried at several pages when I read Khaled Hosseini’s “A thousand splendid suns” and for many days after, I kept reliving the pain of the two women Mariam and Laila. Especially giving birth without anyone to support and no hospital to speak of …. I was horrified and felt helpless that I could do nothing sitting just a few hundred miles away in India. They may have been fictional characters, but am sure they depict parts of many lives in Afghanistan.
Then on Saturday, Krishnan pointed me to the article in Business Standard weekend “ILL treatment”, written by urban researcher Tripta Chandola. A woman was having a miscarriage standing in queue at the Safdarjung hospital and no doc was treating her because her next of kin, her husband was not willing to donate blood !! This is in the capital city of the seventh largest country in the world and which has a history of 10000 years and boasts of having won its freedom non-violently.
For the news article click here : http://www.business-standard.com/content/news/htm/2012/03/10032012/news1003201202919444931.htm
I live in the same city and I am also to blame for what is happening because I don’t have the ability to fight the “system”. But something needs to be done soon …. Not fixing what’s wrong is condoning it.