Three inmates of Vishwasada Mane Rehabilitation Centre for mentally-challenged and homeless persons at Shankarpura have gone back to their families after treatment.
Sunil John D’Souza, president of Divine Generation Ministries Bethel Church Trust, which runs the rehabilitation centre, said the family of a fourth inmate, Palani Swamy (29), could not be traced, and was left at Little Drop, a home care, in Chennai on the advice of the Tamil Nadu police.
Mr. D’Souza told presspersons in Udipi that the three inmates — Lalraj Naik (32), Chinnathambi Ponnarasu (30), and Prabhakar Reddy (37) — were taken to their home towns on August 13 and August 14.
Mr. Swamy and Mr. Ponnarasu were under treatment at the centre for five years, Mr. Naik for four years, and Mr. Reddy for two years.
Mr. D’Souza said after his previous press conference in Udupi last week about these four persons getting ready to go home, many people had called the centre asking if they could admit some of their family members. “I want to make it clear our centre is meant only from those who have no one to turn to and are homeless. Those who have money can get their relatives admitted in hospitals and get them treated,” he said.
Edward Menezes, Manager of Vishwasada Mane Rehabilitation Centre, said he along with another volunteer of the centre Prashanth had taken all the three inmates back to their families.