Apathy of the poor: Woman mortgages her mangalsutra to buy TV for her children’s classes

Bengaluru: A poor woman and mother of four children, was forced to mortgage her mangalsutra to buy a television for her children to take study lessons from Doordarshan. The incident took place in Gadag district of Karnataka.

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Kasturi Chalavadi from Radder Naganur village in Nargund taluk of Gadag district, a mother of four, pledged her 12-gram gold mangalsutra to get cash for purchasing a television set so that her children could watch the classes being telecast on Doordarshan.

The incident was brought to the notice of tehsildar and he sent village officials to check what happened.

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The money lender later realised the situation and agreed to give the mangalsutra back to the woman and asked the family to return the money whenever they can.

However, few locals pooled in money for the family and some politicians also pitched in. Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed sent Rs 50,000 and state minister CC Patil sent Rs 20,000.

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The woman later said, “Doordarshan shows lessons for kids. We didn’t have a television. Our children used to go to others’ house to watch television. When the teachers said they have to watch TV for classes, I realised their future was at stake. No one gave me a loan to buy a television. So I thought I’ll mortgage my mangalsutra and buy a TV.”

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