A video of the child trying to wake up his mother, who had already died due to starvation, went viral over the internet.
Shah Rukh Khan's Meer Foundation sends out help to orphaned child at Muzaffarpur station
Mumbai - 02 Jun 2020 12:00 IST
Shah Rukh Khan's Meer Foundation has stepped forward to offer help to a helpless child who lost his mother. The video of the toddler trying to wake up his mother, who had aready died due to starvation at the Muzaffarpur railway station, went viral on the internet.
The foundation has confirmed that the child is now in the safe custody of his grandparents.
#MeerFoundation is thankful to all who helped us reach this child, whose heart wrenching video of trying to wake his mother disturbed all. We are now supporting him and he is under his grandfather’s care. pic.twitter.com/NUQnXgAKGT— Meer Foundation (@MeerFoundation) June 1, 2020
Khan and the Meer Foundation have made contributions to support the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The actor tweeted his thanks to people who helped him reach out and find the child.
Thank you all for getting us in touch with the little one. We all pray he finds strength to deal with the most unfortunate loss of a parent. I know how it feels...Our love and support is with you baby. https://t.co/2Z8aHXzRjb— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 1, 2020
The actor, through his group of companies, and the Meer Foundation had announced several initiatives to help the under-privileged get through the lockdown and its economic struggle. These include letting out office space to be used as quarantine zones, donating 25,000 PPE kits for medical workers in Maharashtra, as well as donating money through the Kolkata Knight Riders to help the cyclone-affected in West Bengal.
The video of the helpless toddler was one of the more shocking events to come out in the migrant crisis caused by the lockdown. The Patna High Court took suo moto cognisance of the video with the bench of chief justice Sanjay Karol and justice S Kumar saying, "This warrants intervention by us in exercise of our jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India and as such we take suo motu cognizance of the news item and issue notice."