Father seeks mercy killing of three mentally retarded sons

January 29th, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Jan 29 (IANS) Driven by abject poverty, a father in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh has appealed to local authorities to permit the mercy killing of his three mentally challenged sons, officials said Thursday.Bheem Sen Kushwaha, who is a farmer in Kanakpur village, has submitted an application for the mercy killing of his teenage sons to the district administration. Kannauj is about 250 km from Lucknow.

“In his application, Kushwaha has stated that he has already exhausted all of his resources in trying to meet the medical expenses of his three mentally challenged sons… so he wants them to be killed,” a revenue official told IANS on phone.

Kushwaha, 55, said in his application that he is only left with his thatched hut, having sold off his small piece of land and other belongings like brass utensils for the treatment of his sons who have been mentally challenged since birth.

Kannauj District Magistrate S.V.S. Rangarao told IANS: “We will try our best to provide the necessary treatment to Kushwaha’s sons. For this, we have also initiated talks with members of various NGOs.”

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