DELHI Starvation deaths

New Delhi : The police have formed teams to trace the father of the three minor girls who died on Tuesday allegedly due to starvation in east Delhi’s crowded Mandawali area, even as a second autopsy concluded their “stomachs were empty” and “no trace of fat” was found in their bodies.

The Centre also ordered an inquiry into the deaths of the three sisters, including a toddler, while Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the deaths were due to “poverty and illness” and was the “biggest failure of the system”.

The incident triggered a political slugfest, within and outside Parliament, with the BJP and the Congress putting the blame on the AAP government for such a “shocking” case in the national capital having a per capita income of Rs 3.29 lakh i.e. three times the national average, and the Arvind Kejriwal’s party countering the charges asking leaders to refrain from politicising it, reports PTI.

The political leaders from across the parties made a beeline in the area with several of them giving cash to the mother, who appeared distraught and unwell. The father has not returned home since he left on July 24, when the mother had taken the three girls, aged two, four and eight, to a hospital.

Sisodia also asked the Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services to submit details of the officials responsible for keeping records of the people living in the area, and fix accountability.

The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the Delhi government and the WCD Ministry over the deaths asking them to send reports within four weeks. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) also sought a report from the police and the district administration.

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