Udupi, Apr 22, 2015: Addressing media on April 21 Tuesday, Vishu Shetty, social worker, informed he rescued two physically weak women, who were allegedly living in isolation, from their house in Pithrody village on April 20. Shetty said that he had taken the 108 ambulance and got the help of the members of a nearby bhajan mandali and rescued Narsi (55) and Muthu (57) from their house at around 10 p.m.
They were admitted to the District Government Hospital the same night. When he reached their house in a Dalit Colony in the village on April 20, he found that it was in darkness. The house was in a bad condition and garbage was piled up all around.
Isolated : According to the information from the neighbours, the women rarely came out of the house and had been living in isolation for the last few years. They reportedly survived on whatever was given to them by various people.
Shetty went to the house with the ambulance after being called. While Narsi was married and allegedly deserted by her husband, Muthu had not married. Both the women were now in the hospital and it was not clear why they were leading an isolated life. He had informed the Department of Women and Child Welfare and the State Women’s Commission after getting the two women admitted. The authorities should encourage anganwadi workers and teachers to inform them if any person or persons were leading such isolated lives.
Gracy Gonsalves, Deputy Director of Women and Child Welfare, told media the women had taken food and had been put on medication. She said that they appear to be depressed as they were staying alone. After they recover fully enquiry will be made and the reasons behind their isolated lives will be gathered. Presently it is not clear what they are say. The department would try to find out if the women had any relatives who could take care of them. If not, the department would rehabilitate them in the State Home or other government institution.