Man Who Had Shouldered Wife Mortal Remains Six Years Back, Has A Reason To Smile For Chandni

  • | Tuesday | 29th June, 2021

D N Singh 

A heartrending tale of a family which had shaken the conscience of the nation in 2016. When a tribal man called Dana Majhi had to shoulder-load the dead body of his wife from a hospital and walked more than nine kilometers to his village along with his daughter.

The same daughter, Chandni, has become a matriculate today and spread smiles for all in the village, Melghara.

The reason was that, neither the hospital could give him an Ambulance nor any kind of transport be arranged by the administration as a human gesture. Dana with her young daughter Chandni Majhi had passed through such an arduous course along with Chandni walking all the way along.

Contrary to that what went wrong then, with Dana Majhi, today is a day the latter has a reason to celebrate. Chandni has completed her Matriculation from a Bhubaneswar-based popular educational institution called Kalinga Institute of Social Science.

The pain and shattered emotions of a husband and a daughter apart spoke a lot about the plight of our health sector.

Respite For Dana Majhi

Soon it became a national news post the video went viral in social media. The news traveled fast from Kalahandi district to pan-India inviting reactions with shocking dismissal of the administrative imperatives.

Dana was somehow pulling on the affairs of the family with six daughters as a daily wager, hardly being able to run the show with such a shoestring income. Education for the children was never in his dreams.

At last, fate smiled on him and the man was given a sum of Rs. Nine lakh as ex-gratia for which the founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Science(KISS), Dr. Achyut Samant played a Samaritan role.

He made it to the international sphere and in arrangement with the government of Bahrain could donate the sum to Dana.

Chandni In All Smiles

Then Dana’s three of six daughters were given admission to KISS and pursued their studies for the 2016-17 session.

And Chandni is the same daughter of Dana who had accompanied her mother’s bundled body alongside him, has passed out matriculation with 280 marks. It may sound average but it is a feat accomplished by a girl who had never seen the doors of a school in her childhood.

Dana’s other two daughters are also in the same school which Chandni has passed out from and she has plans for higher studies.

That was, perhaps, the first-ever such incident in Odisha, that a bereaved husband had to carry her dead wife’s body.  


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