The father, named Anil, was a sewer worker and only 27-years-old when he perished after the rope lowering him in a sewer snapped. As per BBC on Sept. 18, Anil leaves behind his 11-year-old son, and two more daughters, aged 7 and 3. It was reported too that his 4-month-old son died just last week from pneumonia because Anil didn’t have enough money to buy medicine.
“I am a crime reporter and I have seen a lot of tragedy. But this was something I had never seen,” Sunny was quoted as saying. “I just wanted to draw attention to the deaths of sewer workers. It told the story of the family’s plight.”
As Sunny’s photograph made the rounds on social media, many Indians were heartbroken and moved to help the boy and his family. The response was overwhelming, as Indians raised more than 3 million rupees (around $43,000) in just 24 hours, BBC reports.
Yashwant Deshmukh, journalist of The Huffington Post India, took to Twitter last Sept. 17 to report about the amount of support given to Anil’s family.
“It just takes all of us to make small contributions to make a big change together,” wrote Deshmukh on Twitter.
“We can’t bring back the father of that child, but the last 24 hours have contributed way more than our target of 24 lakhs, which would ensure the education and well being of that kid and family.”
It just takes all of us to make small contributions to make a big change together. We can’t bring back the father of that child, but the last 24 hours have contributed way more than our target of 24 lakhs, which would ensure the education and well-being of that Kid and family. pic.twitter.com/ZwHEyEhqhw
Sunny echoed Deshmukh’s sentiments, as he stated that Anil’s kids would now be able to attend school, thanks to the money that was raised. He said, “With people offering to help, [they] may have a future now.” Cody Cepeda/JB