Months after his photograph, carrying his dead wife for some 12 kms made headlines, Dana Majhi, the tribal farmer from Odisha, is once again in the news. The 45-year old from Melaghar village is all set to tie the knot for the third time after the construction of his house which is being done under the Pradhan Mantri Grameen Awas Yojna. Majhi will marry Alamati Dei from Rayagada district.
Soon after the visuals of Majhi carrying his wife Amanga’s body on his shoulders with his daughter walking by his side went viral on social media, help started pouring in for the Odisha farmer from various quarters. Even Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa had donated Rs 9 lakh to him. As per an Indian Express report, Majhi has received assistance from other individuals and organisations too. Sulabh International had deposited an undisclosed amount in his fixed deposit account for a five-year term.
Sulabh International has reportedly promised to provide a monthly aid of Rs 10,000 for his daughter Chandini’s education. She currently studies at a tribal residential school along with her sisters, Sonia and Chauli. In total Majhi has received more than Rs 37 lakh from different organisations along with an Indira Awas Yojana house from the State Government.
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The report also states that Majhi’s first wife Domi Dei had died of tuberculosis (TB) ten years ago. His second wife, Amanga Dei, died of the same disease in August 2016.
Speaking to IE, Majhi has informed about the jealousy of his fellow villagers after he received Khalifa’s donation. He said, “I am a tribal man. I do not know what a lakh means. But what hurts me is taunts of my neighbours who say I have become rich.”