From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Family needs immediate livlihood support
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the news in The Tribune, Delhi, 24.06.2011
Everyday a struggle for mother of three disabled kids
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, June 23
Everyday is a struggle for an old mother and her three disabled children here. They are hardly able to make their daily ends meet with a meagre Rs 20 to Rs 60 earned by selling envelopes apart from Rs 1,000 given occasionally by the woman's eldest son.
Their one square meal is hardly one or two slices of bread or "roti" with pickle or some curd. This has been their way of life for a decade after 56-year-old Rajrani Bansal lost her husband, who was an employee at a grocery shop in Kalkaji.
Life was never easy for her, with one of her five children, Neeta (36 years) being hit by polio since birth and two of her sons - Sonu (28 years) and Deepak (22 years) also limping and complaining of pain in their legs. Matters became worse, when Rajrani had an accident 13 years ago. She now walks with the held of a walker.
"My daughter has been disabled due to polio and two of my sons are unable to lift anything or do any work. They used to go to school earlier, but now they can't move out on their own. We earn a living by making envelopes with newspapers," said Rajrani.
Even as none in the family managed to complete the higher secondary education, the eldest son who owns a grocery shop in the locality bought a house.
The hapless family is waiting for a helping hand in the form of widow pension (Rs 1,000, a responsibility of the city's Social Welfare and Women and Child Department), besides the disability certificates for Sonu and Deepak, who started facing trouble in movement and physical activity as they developed skeletal deformities, thin and unequal legs, at the age of 12.
"When I was at school till Class VII, I used to do a lot of work. But now I can't even stand up without the help of the door or wall. At the age of 12, I developed weakness in the muscles of my legs and couldn't lift heavy objects with my hands. The doctor asked for Rs 3,000 for tests and X-rays when I had gone to him some years ago. But I could not afford the fees. Since then, I have been living with it. My brother Sonu also suffers from the same disability," said Deepak.
Neeta managed to get a disability certificate with the help of neighbours from Safdarjung Hospital and she wants to work under the government's aanganwadi scheme.
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to immediately intervene and direct the state to help the family.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
B-202, Neelachal Appt, Plot-3, Sector-4
Dwarka, New Delhi-110075
Main Office: SA 4/2 A, Daulatpur, Varanasi-221002