Kundapur: Differently abled woman dies after 4 days without food beside mother's decomposing body

Silvester D’Souza

Daijiworld Media Network – Kundapur (MS)

Kundapur, May 19: A 32-year-old differently abled woman, who spent four days without food next to the decomposing body of her mother, succumbed in the hospital on Saturday.

The incident came to light late Thursday night at Dasanahadi of Moodugopadi. Jayanti Shetty (62), a resident of Dasanahadi Moodugopadi under the Gopadi gram panchayat limits, was found dead in her home. Her daughter, Pragati Shetty, who had been without food and water for four days, died in the hospital on Saturday.

The family originally hailed from Hengalli and had been living in Moodugopadi for 15 years. After the death of her husband, Jayanti and her daughter Pragati, who was mentally challenged and recently had one leg amputated due to diabetes, lived together. Jayanti Shetty, who suffered from diabetes, looked after Pragati with great difficulty.

On May 12, Jayanti visited the Kumbashi Anegudde Sri Vinayaka Temple to offer special prayers for Pragati's health. She had also arranged with a local auto rickshaw driver to take her to the Koteshwara Kotilingeshwara temple on May 13. When the driver called Jayanti on May 13, she did not answer, so he assumed she was unavailable and continued with his day.

For three days, neighbors noticed that Jayanti’s house remained closed with the lights on even during the day. They assumed that the mother and daughter had gone somewhere. However, on late Thursday night, a strong stench began emanating from the house. When neighbors called Jayanti's mobile, it rang but was not answered.

Concerned, the locals informed Gopadi gram panchayat president Suresh Shetty. Suresh Shetty and the locals peered through a window and were shocked to see Pragati unconscious on the ground. They alerted SI Vinay M Korlahalli, who arrived with personnel, broke down the door, and administered first aid to the weak and dehydrated woman. Pragati was then taken to a private hospital in Koteshwara, where she passed away on Saturday.

Gopadi gram panchayat president Suresh Shetty contacted Jayanti Shetty’s relatives, who were asked to come to the scene. Jayanti’s body was taken to the hospital, and her final rites were held on Friday. Pragati was cremated on Saturday.




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  • Pasha, Mangalore

    Mon, May 20 2024

    Utter failure of the administration. Where is the monitoring of disabled persons and those with debilitating illnesses. Only big talk by the local DC and MCC administration that we are doing this and we are doing that. It is their duty to see that such incidents are avoided.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, May 19 2024

    What a sad and biggest tragody in our next door? Both were sick with diabetes and daughter disabled. Even when rickshaw fellow came and only called? Could have averted biggest tragedy by peeping through window or knocking on door. He knew both were sick. Atleast their relatives too didn't pay any attention? Everything went wrong here. No social worker around to help such sick people? Come only to ask votes or ask money to build some buildings? May God grant their souls peace .

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  • Prabhu .K., Mangalore

    Sun, May 19 2024

    Pathetic neighbours. They could have helped this family or her community. Feel so sad. Om Shanthi.

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  • EvonSequeira, Brahmavar

    Sun, May 19 2024

    Very Sad. May their souls Rest In Peace. Every gram panchayath should visit disabled persons homes at least weekly twice to check on their condition. Atleast it will be a great help to the family. Feeling very sad for that mother. How much she must have suffered.

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Sun, May 19 2024

    Very sad. Rich bunts should help poor bunts.

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  • Prem, moodbidri

    Sun, May 19 2024

    heart wrenching incident... Om Shanti

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  • pinto, mangalore

    Sun, May 19 2024

    For three days the neighbours were under assumption .. at least they should have tried to visit the house when they know that there are two women staying one is aged and one is differently abled daughter... now a days even our mangalore is becoming like big cities . where there is no connection and relation between neighbours .

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