No land for poor : Corona Chronicle #073

He had just came back from Tamil Nadu to his village in Odisha.

The coronavirus pandemic led to the nationwide lockdown which in turn left millions of people unemployed.

He was one of them and reached his village after a struggle.

He was admitted at a government run temporary medical camp to get quarantined.

It was a mandatory precautionary measure to be quarantined for 7 days.

When his 7 days were over, he was asked to go home and be in self isolation for more 7 days.

He remembered his small house and pleaded if he can stay in the quarantine centre for the rest of the 7 days.

He did not have enough space at home because already 6 members were staying there including his elderly parents.

He was disappointed when his request got rejected.

He packed his bags and instead of going home, he went to a ‘Swachh Bharat’ toilet which was close to his house.

He unpacked his thing in the public toilet and decided to be self isolated there.

His utmost concern was to keep his family safe but at a cost of staying in a public toilet.

His name is Manas Patra and he is 28 years old.

No land for poor.

Disclaimer: Based on true events.

– Tanisha Agrawal

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