New Delhi, Mar 27 : Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the 21-day lockdown to contain the deadly coronavirus will devastate the poor and the weak and urged for a more nuanced and compassionate approach.
"The lockdown will devastate our poor and weak. It will deliver a heavy blow to India we love. India is not black and white. Our decisions have to be carefully thought through. A more nuanced and compassionate approach is required to deal with this crisis. It's still not too late," Mr Gandhi tweeted. The Congress leader's remarks came amid reports that hundreds of families are struggling to walk to their home state after the lockdown was announced.
Mr Gandhi tweeted along with a video clip which shows a child crying and saying that he did not eat anything for the past four days. In the video, the child says that when his father tried to go to the market to get food, the police beats him and they had also thrashed a woman, who had offered them food. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the 21-day lockdown across the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (UNI)