A 14-year-old boy's egg cart was reportedly overturned and vandalised by civic officials of Indore on Thursday after he refused to pay ₹100 as bribe.
In the viral video the boy states that the civic officials had asked him to remove his cart in the morning or pay a bribe of ₹100 but, when he refused to give them money, the officials overturned his cart, destroying all the eggs.
#Indore: Egg cart vandalised & toppled by Municipal Corporation officials. Vendor, a young boy lives in extreme poverty in a small house at a crematorium. #Indore administration is on an anti-encroachment drive. pic.twitter.com/xNLoImQ6P7— Mojo Story (@themojo_in) July 23, 2020
He started selling eggs to earn some money but, the Indore administration's anti-encroachment drive has made matters worse. The young boy was just trying to earn a living, in these difficult times.
After the video went viral, Twitter users demanded a compensation for the boy's loss.
Why do these officials love to harass the poor and vunerable? Is humanity dead? Doesn't their conscious bite? Is earning a livelihood a crime? Shameful incident caught on camera. Praying this boy is compensated. Let us know his bank details if required.— Jayanti Dey (@jdey63) July 23, 2020
Imagine if this was your 12 year old son, out to make a living.— nitp (@npandey25) July 23, 2020
And then you want him to be proud of being an Indian and stand to the National anthem with pride.
Very shameful and cruel act. Any law or regulation is made to ease the life of people only, to help them to live peacefully and in harmony, not to harass them. This type of deed shows the failure and ill mentality of those officials.— Abhishek gourav (@abhishekgourav1) July 24, 2020
He z poor that z y he z being harassed and egg cart vandilised...think it would have been any rich running a shop in same circumstances can municipal corporation would have did same...I think no....and this z India...whom I hate and whom v hate— SHOWKAT...شوکت... (@PirShowkat) July 23, 2020
Such cowardic act. Public service people are to serve public. But what’s happening in India is just Gundagiri. Only poor suffer in India. Can those guys pull down shutters of big business people? Never ever. They cannot even question big business people.— Edward Xavier Month (@EXMonthero) July 23, 2020
The Madhya Pradesh adminitsration introduced the 'left-right' rule for shops and vendors. Under this rule, shops on the right side of the road are allowed to open on one day and vice versa.
However, this decision was slammed by many members of the ruling party. They stated that small businesses were already suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. They also asked the MP government not to harass street vendors any further.
Please, lets not make life difficult for the poor who are already struggling to make a livelihood.