Santhi, a single mother, had been living with her four sons and a daughter in a rented house in Ernakulam’s Varapuzha. In September 2020, after the family was allegedly evicted from the house, she and her five children, three of who have various physical ailments, stood on NH966A announcing that her organs were for sale to meet the medical expenses of the children and pay off debts.
The issue garnered a lot of media attention and many intervened, including Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas, the then Health Minister KK Shailaja, and several private associations. While the district administration had promised to take care of the family’s accommodation expenses, the Health Minister had promised to bear the medical expenses. But Santhi says none of the promises were kept.
“A private association had initially paid six months’ rent to our landlord. Later, they took back the money. So, we had to leave the house,” alleges Santhi. She also added that no one, including district authorities, panchayat officials or other groups, who had announced in the media that they would help has approached the family, even though they continue to live on the streets.
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