Kanjirappally: A bedridden woman and her teen daughter were thrown out of their one-room house by the police on Monday after a court order to evict them. The crew of Malayalam movie Take Off, starring Parvathy, Fahadh Faasil and Kunchacko Boban in the leade, have reportedly pledged to help out the mother and daughter in distress.
On Monday, the police carried the woman in the mattress she was confined to and took her to a hospital even before an injunction order from the High Court reached them.
Babitha Shanavaz, 44, and daughter Saiba, 14, landed in the street thanks to an order from a munsiff court at Kanjirappally on a petition filed by the brother of her late husband. The mother and the daughter pleaded for three more days to vacate the premises but the court refused to heed them, the police said.
Babitha's ordeal started when her husband died three years ago. His mother transferred the house and the one-cent plot at Poothakkuzhi to another son, Babitha said.
In 2010, a family court at Ettumanoor had ordered her husband’s family to pay her Rs 3.90 lakh but an appeal is pending before the High Court.
The police were shocked to see the miserable existence of the abandoned family when they went to the ramshackle house to implement the court order on Saturday.
The house was nothing but a shack covered with wooden planks and rugs. It had no door to secure it. There was no electricity connection. The "kitchen" could hardly accommodate one person. The teenager who was in ninth-standard did not have a table to keep her books and belongings.
The police submitted a report before the munsiff, showing the condition of the family. The munsiff, however, brushed aside the report and summoned the Kanjirappally sub inspector and ordered him to implement the order by 1 pm, the police said.
The police took Babitha to the government hospital at Kanjirappally, leaving the family’s belongings including Saiba's books in the court. Saiba is a student of the St Ephrems School at Chirakkadavu.
Babitha said they had no place to go once she was discharged from the hospital. The mother and the daughter had been surviving on a grant provided by the Kanjirappally Muslim Association.