Relief for disabled woman found selling lottery tickets under blazing sun

Relief for disabled woman found selling lottery tickets under blazing sun
Collector S Suhas with Geethu.

Kalavoor: A young disabled woman lottery ticket-seller here in Alappuzha district would get government help to build a house. Her plight came to the district collector's notice recently and he ordered the Cherthala tahasildar to find a plot to build a house for the mother of two children. Meanwhile, a non-resident Keralite has also offered help.

The woman, Geethu, was found selling lottery tickets under the blazing sun beside the Cherthala- Thannermukkam road recently. She was seen holding her seven-month-old son too. After Malayala Manorama had published an article about her struggle, Alappuzha district collector S Suhas met her and offered help on Women's Day.

Geethu and her two kids were accompanied to the government guest house by the village officer. The collector promised that the house could be constructed with the help of non-profit organisations if a suitable plot is found.

The collector, in a Facebook post, said that women like Geethu who are ready to work hard to earn a living are truly an inspiration for all.

Geethu, the daughter of Vaikom Chaniyilchirayil Aanandavalli, has problems with her eye sight and difficulty moving the fingers on her left palm and legs as well. She also has an elder son who studies at the anganawadi.

Geethu claimed that her husband had abandoned the family. The family currently stays in a rented house and survives on the meagre income that Geethu earns by selling lottery.

Meanwhile, Cherthala motor vehicle inspector M G Manoj revealed that one of his friends has offered to help Geethu. He added that his friend, who is abroad, offered to build a house with two rooms and a kitchen, for Geethu, as soon as the plot is allowed.

Manoj said that he had informed about his friend’s offer to the collector.

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