Kuravilangad: Devutty Babu’s constant companion was privation but now she can sleep tight in the safety of a solid house. The Kuravilangad Janamaithri police, students of Uzhavoor OLL Higher Secondary School, Student Cadet Police (SPC), National Service Scheme unit, Scouts and Guides, parents and school authorities had joined hands to build a house for Devutty who had been living along with her ailing mother in a hut at Uzhavoor near here in Kottayam district.
The house warming ceremony of the house, constructed at a cost of Rs 6 lakh, was held and the keys were handed over to Devutty, who was the best Student Police Cadet of the OLL Higher Secondary School. Devutty had also scored 97 per cent marks in last year’s higher secondary examination.
Kuravilangad police station CPO Niyaz, who is in charge of the SPC, got the shock of his life when he went to Devutty’s house to congratulate her on being selected as the best student police cadet. Her house was nothing but a shack with a cloth curtain covering it, and her ailing mother and uncle, along with other relatives, were cramped into that small living space.
Following this, many altruists came together to build a house for this studious student. The Brilliant Academy in Pala also decided to sponsor Devutty’s education. The first challenge was to find a piece of land to build house and that problem was solved when Devutty’s grandmother gave 5 cents of land to her.
Later, the house construction began under the ‘Snehaveedu’ project, which was launched by the OLL Higher Secondary School as part of its centenary celebrations.
The Janamaithri police contributed two cots, almirah, study table, chairs and window curtains. Devutty and her family started living in the new house from Wednesday, and the Nila Residents’ Association handed over Rs 16,000 to the family.
DySP K Subash was the chief guest at the function organized to hand over the house keys to Devutty.