A heartbreaking video of a man who had to carry his 65-year-old ailing father in his arms amid the coronavirus lockdown has surfaced in Kerala.
The old man was being taken back home by his son in an autorickshaw. However, the son was allegedly forced to carry his father on foot for about 1 kilometer after police stopped the autorickshaw in which they were traveling, due to the ongoing country-wide lockdown.
The son alleges that the police prevented them from going home on autorickshaw despite showing hospital documents related to his discharge.
As the video goes viral, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission registered a suo moto petition regarding the case.
The old and ailing man belongs to Kollam’s Kulathupuzha village. He was being taken back home from the Punalur Taluk Hospital after being discharged.
Police personnel then made the family get down from the autorickshaw. The son had no other choice but to carry his father in his arms as he traveled on foot to the Punalur city area.
On Wednesday, Kerala had 387 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease, with 167 active cases, 218 recoveries and 2 deaths.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently extended the coronavirus lockdown across the country till May 3.