In May this year, a three-year-old child died in Medak district of Telangana after falling into a 120 feet deep borewell. The body of the child who fell into the newly dug borewell on Wednesday night, was recovered three days later at 17 feet deep, by an NDRF team who rushed to the site.
In fact, over 40 children (and who knows how many more animals) have met grisly deaths after falling into abandoned borewells in India since 2009, according to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
In the video below, some villagers make the bold attempt to rescue a goat that fell into an abandoned borewell. They manage to do so successfully, and their heroic act has been praised by netizens.
Extremely dangerous. Salute to the man. He trusted his mates completely.— 🇮🇳 𝕮𝖍𝖎𝖑𝖑𝖎 𝕮𝖍𝖎𝖈𝖐𝖊𝖓 (@protein_rich) June 28, 2020
While this goat lives to see another day, the question still arises — why are there so many unused, abandoned borewells, and how many more deaths of children and animals will our country see before some strong action is finally taken?
This is not brilliant. Why can't police and government encourage people to close these holes.— धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः 🇮🇳🇳🇵🇺🇸 (@supadhaya) June 27, 2020