‘The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature’ French author, Abbé Prévost once said. After all, fathers make the unsung sacrifices to give their children a happy and healthy life.
Well, that’s what usually comes to our minds when we talk about our fathers. But a recent case from Brazil presents that this may not always be true.
2-year-old Joao Miguel was suffering from type 1 spinal muscular atrophy. He desperately needed a medication called Spinraza costing £65,301 (Rs. 59.7 lakh) for a single dose in order to prevent the disease from advancing.
His father Mateus Henrique Leroy Alves raised money for his treatment with the help of online crowdfunding. He had collected £114,060 (Rs1.4 crore approx.) for his treatment through the donations, reports The Sun. Jaoa was however given his first dose of Spinraza in August.
But later, his 37-year-old father was arrested by the cops under suspicion of spending the donation money on holidays and personal use. He allegedly used the donation cash for a luxury trip and traveled to the city of Salvador in Brazil without his wife from his home in Conselheiro Lafaiete.
His wife, Karine Rodrigues got suspicious about her husband’s activities when the information he gave about the trip did not add up. When police asked Karine to check the donation amount, she discovered that a large amount of money was missing from the raised funds.
Alves was arrested while he was on his third luxury vacation. Reports suggest that Alves splurged significant amounts of donation money on watches, designer clothing, drinks, drugs, and expensive aftershave.
He had allegedly “invested” £9,495 (Rs. 8.6 Lakh) in a brothel in Conselheiro Lafaiete, reports Mirror.
Investigator Daniel Gomes said, “Alves has been charged with larceny and material neglect of his family. He remains in detention. There has already been a hearing. The sentence is scheduled to be released next month.”
After his father’s arrest, the government had offered to sponsor Joao’s treatment. But sadly, the child who suffered from a severe degenerative disease died of a heart attack last week after his condition worsened.
It’s heartbreaking to see that a father’s neglect has cost a child his life. We hope the man is brought to justice soon!
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Jaisalmer: Three dalit youths were assaulted after being accused of stealing donkeys in Jaisalmer district, the third such incident to come to light in Rajsthan in recent days.
Five persons have been arrested and three detained after a video of the incident surfaced, police said on Sunday.
The incident occurred on February 15 in Rama village of Fatehgarh tehsil of the district.
The youths were thrashed with sticks and kicked by nearly a dozen people for stealing donkeys. They were later handed over to Sanghar police.
"Five persons have been arrested and three minors have been detained so far. A case has been registered in the matter under sections of SC/ST Act and further investigation in the matter is on," Station House Officer (SHO) of Sangarh police station Ugam Raj Soni said.
Similar incidents had come to light in Nagaur and Barmer
A chilling video of a man being beaten up brutally in Barmer allegedly for committed a theft had gone viral here, prompting the police to arrest a man and detain another on Friday for their alleged roles in the crime.
The video surfaced on Thursday close on the heels of brutal assault on two Dalit youths on similar allegation of theft in Nagaur.
The Barmer incident occurred on January 29.
Police have arrested at least seven persons in connection with the Nagaur case which occurred on February 16.
The Dalit men were beaten up, stripped and tortured by staffers of a motorcycle service agency in Karanu village after accusing them of committing theft.
In the video, a group of men is seen thrashing two persons with rubber belts. They later dipped a piece of cloth wrapped on a screwdriver in petrol and inserted it in the private parts of one of the victims.
The incidents have triggered a political storm in Rajasthan with the BJP attacking the ruling Congress.
Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal has alleged that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government is unable to rein in crime in Rajasthan. Meghwal, who is an MP from Bikaner, had accused the police of manipulating the Nagaur case.