Two-year-old Sujith Wilson is not the only child to have met with a tragic end after falling into an abandoned borewell. At least 10 other children have died in a similar manner in Tamil Nadu over the past 15 years.
Sujith’s death brought to the fore the lack of awareness on sealing unused borewells and public apathy towards taking safety measures.
April 2014 saw repeat incidents of innocent children becoming victims of uncovered borewells in the State.
Several such mishaps have occurred in other parts of the country as well, including neighbouring Karnataka and as recently as in June this year, when a child fell a victim in Punjab.
As early as 2010, following several incidents of children falling into unused borewells, the Supreme Court had framed guidelines to prevent children from falling into unused borewells.