Delhi: Call Drops cost 16-year-old girl's life? Tweet sparks controversy

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New Delhi, Oct 18: Controversy over death of a 16-year-old girl has been ignited by a tweet which was posted by acclaimed chef Manu Chandra.

Chandra in his tweet raised concern regarding "call drops" issue in the country. He claimed that his mother Kumkum failed to contact Delhi Police due to call drops issue and the girl died before she reached hospital.

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Writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, Chandra tweeted, "Desperately trying to call police and ambulance...the mother could do nothing because Airtel networks never there. Life lost. Airtel rich."

Chandra's mother found four injured persons on road. Many people were present at the site but they did not move forward to help them.

Injuries of the girl were serious, hence, she (Chandra's mother) tried to call police. But she failed to contact the cops. Finally, her domestic help, who was not a professional driver, managed to drive a car and took the girl to the hospital.

However, the girl was declared brought dead. It has been reported that the girl was stabbed by her step-father over property dispute.

While the incident brought everyone's attention towards the apathy of the onlookers who refused to help the injured persons, the same also showed that how call drop issue barred someone to help the girl.

[TRAI asks telcos to compensate for call drops from Jan 1]

Now, the government of India started taking proper steps to handle the crisis over call drops.

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