On Sunday morning, the Government Railway Police (GRP) discovered the unidentified woman and the boy resting on her lap with his hands around her neck on a platform.
After authorities were unable to locate her family, the last rites of a 35-year-old woman discovered dead on a platform of Bihar’s Bhagalpur railway station on Sunday were performed on Thursday.
The woman was discovered dead on the platform, with her three-year-old son sleeping on her lap, completely unaware of her death.
Bhagalpur railway police rescued the disabled child and turned him over to the child welfare committee (CWC). The boy is now in a daycare center.
On Sunday morning, the Government Railway Police (GRP) discovered the unidentified woman and the boy sleeping on her lap with his hands around her neck on a platform. She was taken to a nearby public hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead.
“The body was kept in the mortuary for 72 hours for identification, and when her identity could not be conclusively proven, her last rites were conducted,” GRP inspector Arvind Kumar said.
“An investigation is underway to determine the identity and address of the mother and the boy, who is now in a children’s home,” said a GRP inspector.
The police had placed signage of the mother and child throughout the city in an attempt to locate their family members.
Officials combed through CCTV footage to determine which train the mother and son took to get to Bhagalpur station, but they couldn’t find anything.
They believe the woman and her child arrived at Bhagalpur railway station on Saturday and died on Sunday night.
“She appeared extremely malnourished and may have died from hunger,” a railway official said on condition of anonymity.
Her post-mortem was performed on Wednesday, and officials said the report detailing the cause of her death had not yet been received.
Vikram Kant Mishra, the chairperson of Bhagalpur’s chief welfare committee (CWC), stated, “We will wait for the child’s legitimate father, and if he does not appear, the child will be managed to keep at the adoption center in Nathnagar.”
“We made all reasonable efforts so that the child could reach his father,” said Pankaj Kumar Pandey, center coordinator of Railway Childline Bhagalpur.
He stated that the child was admitted to the hospital and was examined and given medications.
“The child is malnourished, and we are caring for him,” He explained.
In a similar incident noted in May 2020, a 14-second video of a two-year-old boy attempting to wake her dead mother at Muzaffarpur railway station went viral.