Mother forced to sell hair to buy milk for infant

Sathi Begum and her child
Sathi Begum and her childUNB

The nationwide shutdown aimed at curbing coronavirus has left her day-labourer husband jobless, leading their family, including her toddler, to starvation. As the family is new in the locality, no-one gave them any relief either.

Left with no option to buy milk for her baby, aged one and half, the woman sold her hair in Savar Colony area to buy milk for the child.

Sathi Begum sold her hair to a hawker for Tk 180 on Monday for purchasing milk for her baby as well as food for her family as they have been starving for the last few days due to the coronavirus lockdown.


Originally from Mymensingh, Sathi along with her husband and child, came to the area one and a half month ago and has been since living in a tin-shed house.

The nationwide shutdown has left her day-labourer husband without any work.

She met a hair vendor on Monday and decided to sell her hair for Tk 180 and bought milk and rice.


As the information spread around, some people came forward to help the family.

Abdullah Al Mahfuz, assistant commissioner (land) of Savar upazila, termed the matter unfortunate and tragic.

He also assured locals of sending relief for the family soon.