Social media is a huge platform for people to share their views and opinions on various issues. It is a ‘social network’ platform that allows people to interact with other people from all over the world in order to connect with them virtually. However, it has become a much larger platform now than you think. Reportedly, in one of the most unexpected scenarios, social media users have come together to raise funds for a family that needs it the most.
Well, we are all aware of the massive help provided by social media in creating awareness about the Kerala floods which led to the collection of ample amount of funds to help rebuilt Kerala after the destructing floods. Social media users have again come together to collect funds for a family of a sewage worker, who sadly lost his life due to asphyxiation (suffocation) in Delhi.
According to reports, the sanitation worker, Anil slipped while climbing down a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sewer after the rope around his waist broke. Unfortunately, he fell in the 20-feet deep sewer. While he was taken to the hospital immediately, he was declared dead by the doctors.
Incidentally, a heartbreaking photo of the son of the deceased worker was shared by a journalist on Twitter and the picture broke the internet. Now, shared for more than 25 K times, the post has created awareness among the citizens of the world in order to raise money for his family.
Have a look at the post:
The boy walked up to his father’s body at a crematorium, moved the sheet from the face, held the cheeks with both hands, just said ‘papa’ & began sobbing.
The man was yet another poor labourer who died in a Delhi sewer on Friday. Family did not have money even for cremating him. pic.twitter.com/4nOWD9Aial
— Shiv Sunny (@shivsunny) September 17, 2018
After the post went viral on social media, an NGO named Uday Foundation started the initiative to raise funds for the family of the deceased sanitation worker. According to the latest count, approximately Rs 50 lakh has been collected by crowdfunding by almost 2, 400 donors. Apparently, there are still 14 days left for the fundraising campaign to end.
Have a read at some social media responses:
Heartbreaking. Thank you, citizens, for coming forward and helping the deceased family with your contributions.
The deafening silence of the Delhi Govt is shocking. Will they come up with adequate safety measures to secure the sanitation workers at work?https://t.co/So0St7wWyw
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 18, 2018
Everyone’s life matters!
#CapitalShame #Dalit Sanitation Worker #manualscavenger
Suffocates To #Death In #Delhi Sewer @ArvindKejriwal ban the scavenging. Stop the inhumane treatment of #Dalits #DalitLivesMatter https://t.co/oQKg2cItcy
— #DalitLivesMatter (@DalitLiveMatter) September 17, 2018
We must be the only country in the world that still tolerates this inhuman practice and even legitimises it. https://t.co/CwgrXR3z03
— Jayati Ghosh (@Jayati1609) September 17, 2018
— Bezwada Wilson (@BezwadaWilson) September 17, 2018
Furthermore, wife of the 37-year-old worker, Rani spoke to media as she said,
“I would like to thank those people. All I want is to educate my three children and ensure that they lead a good life. I would be extremely grateful if you could help me out in this.”
Anil lived in a rented room in Delhi’s Dabri Extension with his wife and three children.