A couple, Munauwar Ali (60) and Amina Khatoon (55), natives of Palia village in Mau district, have recently written to President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil and Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi seeking mercy killing along with their five blind children.
They sought the permission claiming they could not afford the burden of their blind children whose "condition is miserable and they do not want to live any more''. Munauwar said he had exhausted all his resources and even sold his small cloth shop to support the family.
Acting on the news, Mau district magistrate Rakesh Kumar asked the tehsildar of Muhammadabad Gohana to look into the matter and also sought reports from the Ranipur police and the district social welfare officer.
Following investigation, the administration claimed that "Munauwar lives in the house of his inlaws along with his wife Amina and six children, five of whom are blind. While three of the children are getting pension meant for physically challenged, pension has also been sanctioned for the fourth child. Two of the children, Abdul Quadir and Zabir, have already received all the pension instalments by March while another, Ruhi Bano, could not get pension due to clerical mistake in the entries that are now being rectified. The fifth child, Razia Bano, is a minor hence pension could not be sanctioned to her.''
According to the DM, Munauwar had some property dispute with his brother-in-law Anwar Ahmed, who was booked under sections 151/107/116 IPC on March 24. Munauwar's wife claimed that her father Suleman had promised share in property, but Suleman did not made any will in this regard.
"The family is a Antyodaya card-holder and getting foodgrain at subsidised rate. Munauwar has cited wrong facts in his plea for mercy killing,'' claimed the DM.