An 11-month-old child named Umm Alifa died at a government day care center in Azimpur of the capital. However, the family claims that the child was killed. Alifa’s mother, Israt Ara, crying, blamed the daycare center authorities for the child’s death and said, “Allah knows what I was doing, why did they kill my child like this”.
On Wednesday (December 20) afternoon, the child was taken to the Dhaka Medical College (Dhamek) hospital in a coma, and the doctor on duty declared him dead.
Umm Alifa, the child’s mother, Israt Ara, is a senior staff nurse at the family planning department in Azimpur, Ara city. And father Hakibul Hasan Talukdar alias Al Amin is an engineer in a private company in Bashundhara.
Mother Israt Ara said, ‘Since we are husband and wife working for a year, our elder son Al Aravi (2 years 3 months) and daughter Alifa (11 months) for two months are in the ‘day-care center’ attached to the campus of Vikarunnisa Noon School and College in Azimpur. left at a day care center called And in the afternoon I take the children home while returning from work.
Like every day, on Wednesday morning, I left my two children there and went to work. Later in the afternoon, a teacher named Mim said on the phone that the girl was sick. After getting the news, I quickly went there and found out that Alifa has been taken to Azimpur Maternity (Azimpur Maternity and Child Health Training Institute). On reaching there, it is known that Alifa was declared dead by the doctor on duty at the hospital around 1:00 am. Later he quickly went to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with Alifa. He said that around 2:30 p.m., the doctors of the emergency department also examined Alifa and declared her dead.
Israt Ara complained, ‘My daughter has injury marks on her head and two eyes. He complained in a tearful voice that he had been killed.
The child’s father Hakibul Hasan Talukder said, ‘When the elder son went to the daycare center to bring Aravi, the officials there said that Alifa had fallen into the bucket of water in the bathroom. Again he was sick. Their words are similar. We have suspicions about my daughter’s death’.
Earlier, Israt Ara said that she had complained against the employees of the institution for neglecting the children. He said, ‘Last month, my son Arabia had a bite mark on his back. I wanted to know how that incident happened. Later they could not tell anything about this.’
Dhaka Medical College Hospital Police Camp Incharge (Inspector) Md. Bachchu Mia said that when a child was brought from Azimpur to Dhaka Medical, the doctor declared him dead. The concerned police station is investigating the matter.
When asked about this, Khandkar Helal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Lalbagh Police Station, told Independent Television, ‘It is known from talking to the employees of the daycare center that the child died after falling into the bucket of water. The child was head down and legs up when rescued. Again, the child’s family claims that he was killed.