A three-year-old girl, who fell in a borewell in a village in Rajasthan’s Dausa district, has been rescued after about 12 hours of efforts.
The girl, Jyoti, was playing before she fell in the borewell covered by a cloth in village Nari Malawas near Lalsot town around 2 pm on Sunday. Her mother Rambai was working in the field when Jyoti wandered about and fell into the 190 feet deep borewell. Jyoti got stuck around 50 feet.
A rescue mission was immediately put into place by the administration and a National Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence from Jaipur went to help in the rescue mission. JCB machines were pressed into service and Jyoti was rescued around 1 am at night.
The Supreme Court in 2010 had asked all states to cap all discarded and abandoned borewells in their territories and to properly fence all working wells to prevent small children falling into them.A three-Judge Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice C.K. Prasad had given this direction on a letter written to the CJI in February 2009 about a number of small children falling into open borewells resulting in their death. The letter was treated as a public interest petition and notice was issued to all the states.
The Rajasthan government in July this year had issued instructions to all district collectors to take effective measures for curbing accidents occurring due to open borewells. It also asked them to assign concerned officials to oversee that these measures are implemented effectively.
After a similar incident in Sikar district where a five-year-old girl fell in the open borewell, disaster management and relief department had reminded the district officials and PHED about Supreme Court guidelines. But it seems the district officials are not following the orders seriously.
Rajasthan has approximately functional 22000 borewells, spread across the state.