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: Mulitple murder (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 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: Murder-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

Palak

Photo of Palak, a teenager wearing a blue shirt. Her hair is short, and her skin is tan. The photo is indistinct and small.Name: Palak (n/a).
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder (Hanged).
Location: Ludhiana, Punjab, India.

Details:
Before killing himself, Palak’s father hanged her because he was “worried about her future”.

She is survived by her brother and mother, who were not home at the time of the murder.

References:
Man kills autistic daughter, hangs self
Trader kills mentally ill daughter, ends life
Father kills daughter, hangs self in Jagraon