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Woman abandoned by family finds an unlikely new home

Written by Sourav Roy Barman
| New Delhi |

Up to date: July 26, 2020 8:17:34 pm


Sanjay Singh, his spouse Anita Devi, and Leelavati Devi

The story of an aged lady, clutching on to a packet of biscuit and a material bag, as she waited to catch a ‘shramik particular’ to Delhi from Mumbai’s Bandra railway station, had moved many in early June.

Deserted by her son, Leelavati Devi, 70, was amongst hundreds stranded throughout India as cities and cities had been dropped at a halt to comprise the pandemic.

Nearly two months on, she has discovered a house in Delhi’s North Avenue, simply metres from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, after being taken in by an unlikely benefactor — AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh.

“She might be with us any further. This might be her everlasting dwelling,” Singh, flanked by his spouse Anita Devi, informed The Indian The Press Reporter final month.

After returning, Devi had examined optimistic for Covid and spent two weeks on the Rajiv Gandhi Tremendous Speciality hospital, Singh stated. A Delhi household initially took her in, however couldn’t maintain her for unspecified causes, following which Singh determined to deliver her dwelling.

“The complete episode exhibits the erosion in ethical values and human values in our society. And that worries me,” Singh stated.

Devi stated she moved to Mumbai earlier than the lockdown to take care of her eldest son, an auto driver, who was unwell. “He stays along with his spouse and kids. Over time, his well being improved. After I was not wanted, I used to be thrown out,” she stated.

Her two different sons reside in Delhi. “My travails began after my husband handed away. My kids assume I’m mentally unwell. Nobody needs to maintain me.”

She stated solely her elder daughter has met her to date: “She informed me I look unwell, I informed her to not fear.”

At his official residence in North Avenue, Singh stays along with his spouse, two kids and his mother and father. “Leelavati largely spends time chatting with the household. Her elder daughter did attain out a number of occasions; nobody else has. How can we ship her again to individuals who ill-treated her? She is part of the household now,” stated Ajit Tyagi, a detailed aide of the AAP chief.

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