In a heartbreaking incident, a poverty-hit mother, along with her two young children, travelled as much as 2000 Km from Dimapur to Agra to earn Rs 2000. And for what purpose? So that she could get her seven-year-old son back. A young mother, Rita, had mortgaged her eldest son to a money lender in exchange for some money required to pay for her husband’s funeral rites. Rita, who had lost her husband in October 2016, on the advice of her brother-in-law, went to Agra in search of a job in order to earn the money she needed, as reported by The Times of India.
In her quest to find a job in Agra, she went through some of the darkest days of her life. Unable to collect money, she was forced to drink water from the drains even. To feed her 2 children, she had to at times rummage through heaps of stinking garbage to find something to eat. Her two children, three-year-old Nandini and one-a-half-year-old Arun had to eat the food thus collected.
It was then that a social activist Naresh Paras found her. Looking at her condition and unable to communicate because of her language, Paras contacted the police and a Lucknow-based charity, Asha Jyoti Kendra, as reported by the Hindustan Times. The NGO sent a counselor to communicate with her. After her story was revealed to the counselor, the local shopkeepers gave her some food, footwear and Rs 3,500 in cash. According to Paras, she had approached the police but they snubbed her. Finally, police in Nagaland was contacted and it was tasked to track the moneylender and help to release the boy from the clutches of the money lender. After her story was revealed with the help of a counselor, the local shopkeepers gave her some food, footwear and Rs 3,500 in cash, as reported by Hindustan Times.