Visuals of of Odisha’s Dana Manjhi travelling for over 10 km carrying his wife’s dead body on his shoulders that sent shivers across the country for the apathy and insensitivity of the system have yielded some results. Manjhi has now received a cheque of Rs 8.87 lakh on the behaolf of the Prince of Bahrain.
The development comes following the promise of financial help from Bahrain’s Prime Minister Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Manjhi finally collected his cheque from Bahrain Embassy in Delhi on Thursday.
Earlier, moved by reports of a man carrying his wife's body on his shoulder for burial in Odisha, the Bahrain government had offered to extend financial help to the grieving family.
"The (Bahraini) prime minister responded to media reports on the episode and has made an offer for humanitarian assistance. He has decided to make a contribution but we have not yet received any official confirmation regarding the amount of money or when it will be made," sources in the Indian embassy in Bahrain had then said.
They had said that should such a contribution be made, it will be channelled through the Bahraini embassy in Delhi.
A report in Gulf Daily News earlier said that the premier was upset by the news and felt "he had to do something to help".
Earlier reports, however, did not mention the sum the Bahraini premier had planned to contribute.
On August 24, in Odisha's backward Kalahandi district, Dana Majhi was forced to carry his wife's body on his shoulder for 10 kilometres due to alleged lack of an ambulance.
Majhi's 42-year-old wife died of tuberculosis a day before at the district hospital at Bhawanipatna.
(With inputs from PTI)