Hungry Child Consumes Insecticide After Being Denied Food at Ratlam Ration Shop in Madhya Pradesh
Poor Children in India (Photo courtesy: https://itsjeevanworld.files.wordpress.com/2012/08)

Bhopal, January 7: In a tragic incident, a tribal child in Madhya Pradesh died after consuming insecticide out of hunger. According to reports, the horrific incident that took place in Ratlam district, forced the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to set up an inquiry into the matter. Reports inform that the boy consumed insecticide after he was denied food by a ration shop on December 31. The kid is currently in a critical condition. India Ranks 103 on Global Hunger Index.

According to a report by PTI, an NCPCR official said a team has been formed to look into the incident. The report further states that the boy consumed insecticide after he was not given foodgrain (wheat) by the local ration shop, despite repeated requests. Unable to tolerate the hunger, the child consumed the insecticide. According to details by officials, the NCPCR team would soon submit its report in connection with the matter. World to Face Deadly Catastrophe? UN Warns a 'Perfect Storm' of Climate Change, Hunger and 'Man-Made Conflicts'.

In July 2018, the 40-year-old tribal man died of hunger in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district as his family had no ration card to get foodgrains. However, the district officials rubbished the claims and said that the man lost his life due to illness. According to a report by PTI, the family also did not have a ration card for getting subsidised food grain under the public distribution scheme of the state government.

In October 2018, India was ranked at the 103rd position among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index. According to the report, prepared by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, India is among the 45 countries that have "serious levels of hunger". The report informs that in 2017, India was ranked at the 100th position but ranking for this year is not comparable.