Paraplegic woman dreams a safe home down the hill


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Sunitha | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Balussery: Sunitha who is paralyzed from the waist down and her father have been dreaming of a house for years. Though many projects came up offering houses for Scheduled Castes, Sunitha who belongs to Kaladi community, could not avail of the benefits yet.

For the past 40 years, Sunitha has spent her whole life inside a hut at Karimbinmoola Harijan colony in Narikkuni panchayat. A 500 metres steep lane is the only way to reach the colony on the hilltop. Once, a team of palliative workers carried her to the vehicle on a chair and took her to Kozhikode and showed her the city, train and sea. It was in the same way she was carried to the hospital when she fell unconscious due to low blood pressure. It is her elderly father who carries water from the bottom of the hill before going for labour works.

Sunitha’s father Thoniyettupurayil Koran and the other four families in the colony have been living in two cents of land for over 40 years. The panchayat had granted a fund for Sunitha’s family to buy land and a house. However, there was not enough money with the family to add from their side.

A benevolent man had helped Sunitha by sponsoring three cents of land on the roadside. Even though she had applied for a house in LIFE mission, she is worried about how to manage to get the rest of the money.

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