Ayushi Majethia

Photo of a young Indian woman, her dark hair cut short, a small scar across her eyebrow and one eye turned slightly outward, looking at the camera with a thoughtful expression.Name: Ayushi Majethia.
Died: March 27, 2021.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Accidental/Negligence (Dehydration/pneumonia after going missing).
Location: Chembur, Maharashtra, India.

Details:
Ayushi, who had intellectual disability as well as autism, went to a nearby temple with her mother. They became separated, and Ayushi got lost. The family went to police, asking for help. They showed the police her mental health certificate. Her brother explained that Ayushi was a vulnerable disabled person and they needed to start searching for her right away, because she could easily be hurt on her own.

But the police did not file a First Information Report until Ayushi had been missing for 17 days. Some people saw her on the trains, and one of Ayushi’s friends who saw her also called the police; but nothing was done.

It wasn’t until May 3 that Ayushi’s family were informed that she was dead. Her body had been found two days after she went missing; she had died of dehydration and pneumonia, and her body had been cremated a day later because all the mortuaries were full of COVID victims. Her family had to identify her from pictures.

Had the police acted when they asked for help, Ayushi’s family believes she would be alive today.

References:
Mumbai: Family claims police delay led to missing autistic woman’s death

Ajin

Name: Ajin, son of Jishoy and Nitya.
Died: January 25, 2020.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Unknown suspicious death (Found bleeding and unconscious after fight).
Location: Vellimadukunnu, Kozhikode, Kerala, India.

Details:
Ajin and his mother, whose husband had left her, stayed with his grandparents. When his mother came down with depression and had to be hospitalized, Ajin was left in a care home, a six-year-old boy housed with 13-14-year-olds. One morning Ajin was found bleeding, unconscious, and dying. One of the staff at the care home said that the boys had been fighting. The cause of Ajin’s death is unknown; whether from abuse by staff, assault by other residents, or simple negligence, his death was most likely preventable.

References:
6-year-old’s death in Kerala govt home exposes apathy and grave security lapses
Death of child with autism at Kerala group home raises safety concerns
6-yr-old autistic boy found dead in Govt owned Children’s home in Kozhikode

Shashank and Adeep Reddy

Name: Shashank Reddy.
Age at death: 10.

Name: Adeep Reddy.
Age at death: 9.

Died: April 21, 2018.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Macherla, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Details:
Shashank and Adeep lived with their mother, father, grandmother, and younger brother. They were sharing a bed with their grandmother when they were allegedly strangled to death by their father. In the morning, they were found dead, and their father had gone on the run.

References:
Andhra Pradesh: Man strangulates 2 autistic sons in Guntur
Two kids with ‘autism’ found dead under suspicious circumstances in Andhra
Depressed man kills disabled sons

Samvith

Photo of Samvith, a small boy with olive-toned skin and dark-brown hair, wearing a printed tank top. He has his mouth open and is looking at the camera happily.Name: Samvith.
Died: March 28, 2018.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Homicide-suicide (Strangled).
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Details:
Samvith had been denied entrance to two schools because of his autism, so his father poisoned and strangled him, then hung himself. He left a note to his wife that said, “It was not bearable to spend two days with my son. How have you been managing the kid since so many days?”

References:
KSRP cop strangles 4-year-old son to death, hangs self
Bengaluru: Cop kills differently abled son, hangs self
KSRP head constable kills autistic son, hangs self

Aishika Sarkar

Name: Aishika “Shreya” Sarkar.
Died: August 27, 2017.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Murder (Thrown off building).
Location: J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru, India.

Details:
Shreya was “screaming and being stubborn”, so her mother decided to kill her. She threw Shreya off a third-floor balcony. When she saw that Shreya was still breathing, she carried Shreya back up the stairs and threw her off the balcony again. This time, the impact killed Shreya.

Shreya’s neighbors, who had seen her mother throw her off the balcony for the second time, chased down and captured Shreya’s mother and tied her to a telephone pole, then called the authorities.

When she died, Shreya had just begun to learn how to talk.

References:
Source:
7-Year-Old B’Luru Girl Dies After Being Thrown Off Building Twice
7-year-old girl dies after her mother throws her off a terrace twice in Bengaluru
Bengaluru 9-Year-Old Survived First Fall; Mother Threw Her Off Roof Again
Bengaluru 9-Year-Old Survived First Fall; Mother Threw Her Off Roof Again
Bengaluru woman kills 7-year-old daughter by flinging her off terrace, twice
Bengaluru: Depressed woman flings daughter from third floor building, twice
Bengaluru: Mentally unstable mother throws 7-year-old girl off a building, twice!
Bengaluru: Mother throws differently-abled daughter off terrace twice, kills her
Evil mum killed her little girl, 7, by throwing her off a roof terrace… so an angry mob strung her up to telephone post and beat her GE
Flung twice from terrace by mother, seven-year-old child dies in Bengaluru
Here is why this mother threw 7-year-old daughter from fourth floor, killed her
Mother kills her 7-year-old daughter by flinging her from the terrace of a 4-storey building twice
Nine-year-old girl dies after mother throws her from terrace
Bengaluru horror: Woman killed seven-year-old child to ‘teach’ husband a lesson, say the police