New Delhi: Jan 13, 2011
More than six months after the Delhi High Court made a landmark ruling on the right of poor women to access maternity benefit schemes, following cases of women delivering babies in the open, one of the women who moved the judiciary still lives under a tree, and is yet to see a single rupee in compensation. In 2009, Fatema, a 21-year-old epileptic woman, was denied care by a government hospital, forcing her to deliver her baby under a tree in south Delhi’s Jangpura. Abandoned by her husband, Fatema lives with her mother Jaitun, a widowed former labourer now in her 60s, on an open plot not far from the Nizamuddin dargah, where several other homeless families also live.
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