Thrissur: Lakshmi’s long wait at the Revenue Divisional Officer’s office here was fruitless. Finally, the RDO was forced to shift Lakshmi to an old-age home as her well-off children were not willing to look after her.
Lakshmi, 75, wife of late Kumaran from Iravimangalam, became an inmate of Ramavarmapuram old-age home here in Kerala's Thrissur town, though she has an ancestral house and properties. Lakshmi had seven children, but one passed away, and was living with her daughter for a while.
But her daughter expressed her inability to take care of Lakshmi all alone and opined that others should also shoulder the responsibility to look after their mother.
Unfortunately, none of Lakshmi’s children came forward to take up that responsibility, and the matter was raised before the RDO.
Later, Lakshmi and her children were summoned for a sitting held as part of the district administration’s initiative to ensure justice for senior citizens. But RDO D N Sanu’s efforts to find an amicable solution went in vain as none of Lakshmi’s children came forward to take care of their mother.
Though Lakshmi expressed her willingness to stay at her ancestral home, it was decided not to send her there considering the risk factors involved as the house was left abandoned for close to 18 months.
Following the suggestion of old-age home superintendent K G Vincent, Lakshmi was moved to the Ramavarmapuram home for senior citizens. Lakshmi left for the old-age home, along with the social justice department officials, on the condition that she would stay at the home for one or two days until any of her children would take her to their home.