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Pray that the world should be free from Covid in 2021

(Hamid Siddiqui,Mohd Hussain Siddiqui)
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(Hamid Siddiqui,Mohd Hussain Siddiqui)

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India stepped up precautionary measures against Covid in the last week of January 2019. After a couple of months in March 2019, India reported the first Covid death in Karnataka.

India stepped up precautionary measures against Covid in the last week of January 2019. After a couple of months in March 2019, India reported the first Covid death in Karnataka. The victim was a 76-year-old Islamic scholar, Muhammad Hussain Siddiqui who after a month long stay with his younger son in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia returned to India. After ten days Hussain died in Kalburgi.

As 2020 ends, his elder son Hamid Faisal Siddiqui (49) talks exclusively to The Hans India.

It has been nine months since his father passed away but Hamid still remembers the dark day.

"His passing took away the roof of our family. We were ostracised by the society and nobody wanted to even talk to us. My family went through enormous pain. My father was everything to me. We shed tears of blood," he says.

After Hussain's death, his 45 year-old daughter and the family doctor were infected with Covid. They recovered.

Hamid remembers that the last thing his father had asked him to give was a glass of water and requested him to take home. He was buried at a graveyard quietly.

Hussain had quit working in 2014 and his wife had succumbed to cancer.

Hamid says his father was the caretaker of the biggest mosque and spent his time with books.

However, the family's version is contrary to what the union health ministry said in March. While the ministry put the blame squarely on the victim's family for discharging him early the family remarks that the hospital said in a discharge note that the patient (Hussain) was suffering from pneumonia and did not mention Covid. Based on this the patient's family took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad.

"The private hospital in Hyderabad asked us to get the father admitted to a government hospital that has Covid ward. We then moved to Gulbarga and enroute to the place in Kalburgi he died. How can we be blamed? The roof of our family was gone. We were shattered," Hamid remembers.

"Things cannot be the same again as father's loss is irreparable but the only wish that I have in 2021 is that the world gets free from Covid," Hamid wishes.

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