Udupi, July 04, 2015: social activists told the media at Brahmagiri that the elderly sisters of Pithrody, Narsi (54) and Muttu (56), who were cruelly neglected for at least 20 years and rescued three months ago, were resettled by the consistent efforts of social activists Vishu Shetty Ambalpady, Nava Chethana Yuvaka Mandala and women’s help unit of the Udupi district hospital. The cost of the house was put at Rs 2.2 lakh, Vishu Shetty contributed Rs 1.5 lakh. Udyavar Navachethana Yuvaka Mandala members donated Rs 12,000 for the electrical works.
It took more than two months to get the sisters on their feet and in reasonable state of mind after their long orderal of neglect.
Vishu Shetty told media that the District SC/ST development department has a large fund comparing to most other departments, unfortunately the district authority, tahsildar and even MLA did not take an interest regarding resettling the two sisters. It is pathetic to note negligent attitude of public representatives and a shame on the establishments. The representatives have failed in their basic human duty. They have looked the other way in extending basic government privileges even. The relatives of these two sisters have agreed to take better care now.
Further, Vishu Shetty stated that district authority and tahsildar informed that there was no such privilege available for rehabilitation under the law. Ironically, the officials have no motive to care. Even state commission for women also visited but was of no use. The Govt. must set up a proper Department to care for the elderly and abandoned and people in institutions on a national level with cells in every Tahsil.
The furnished house has beds, fans, chairs and Rs 3,000 will be given by donors. Bannanje Vidyalatha Shetty assures to contribute Rs 2,000 and Vishu Shetty will donate Rs 1,000 every month till they get the monthly allowance for elders. Other villagers have also agreed support too.