With bills piling up to more than Rs One Lakh, the family was compelled to bring him back to their rented room in Jari Mari in November 2018. A private hospital in the neighbourhood has provided for a wound vac machine to pump out the fluid in the sores. But the machine rentals are high and the family has to spend over Rs 15,000 a week to keep Haider alive. All their savings have been flushed down. The younger children have been temporarily sent to a relatives' home, while the adolescent sons have been forced to take up daily wage work. All of them have had to leave school.
Aajeevika Bureau, a leading not-for-profit organisation that has been working with migrant labourers over the past 15 years, is currently supporting Haider in his fight to seek justice. Two months after the accident, the police has finally registered a FIR against the contractor. Legal proceedings are underway.
"I don't even know where my next meal is going to come from," says Maheebunnisha, who has spent the last two months in great trauma seated by Haider's side. "My children are very young. We had so many dreams to build our lives in this city. In a matter of seconds, everything collapsed."