Pleas for help in India as Covid-19 leaves children without carers

6/5/2021 3:31:00 PM

Pleas for help in India as Covid-19 leaves children without carers

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‘Disowned’: family says pleas for help ignored as Australian man dies of Covid-19 in IndiaDaughter of 59-year-old criticises consular officials’ response and says her mother has been abandoned by her own government A man runs to escape heat and flames from multiple funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims at a crematorium in the outskirts of New Delhi. A 59-year-old Australian permanent resident stranded in India has died of Covid-19. Photograph: Amit Sharma/AP An Australian permanent resident has died of Covid-19 while stranded in India, days after the government’s strict ban on arrivals from the country began. The family of the 59-year-old claim their father was “disowned” by the Australian government before he died. Now, they are pleading for help so their mother, who is also stuck in India, can return to Australia so they can grieve together. The foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, has acknowledged the man’s death, and Australia’s high commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell, said consular assistance was being provided to the family. However, Payne, O’Farrell and the department of foreign affairs, when asked by the Guardian, have not addressed the family’s claims that Australia’s high commission ignored requests to help repatriate or provide a ventilator to the man in the weeks before his death. Sydney woman Sonali Ralhan’s father reportedly died in a New Delhi hospital on Wednesday, two days after an Australian government determination came into effect that made it a criminal offence for anyone to travel to Australia within 14 days of being in India. The ban applies to citizens and permanent residents, who face fines of up to $66,600 or five years jail, or both, if they attempt to flee the worsening crisis in India. In an open letter to the prime minister posted on Facebook, Ralhan, an Australian citizen, said she contacted consular officials in India a few weeks ago with “great hopes” they would help her parents, long-term residents of Australia, return home safely. Instead, within weeks she would be mourning the death of her father. “I write to you wi

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