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No option left:Ranoji handed over his two children Mahananda (6) and Lakshmi (3) to the Amulya Shishu Graha (orphanage) in Gulbarga on Saturday.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI
No option left:Ranoji handed over his two children Mahananda (6) and Lakshmi (3) to the Amulya Shishu Graha (orphanage) in Gulbarga on Saturday.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI

Two more girls were handed over by their parents to the State government-run Amulya Shishu Griha (orphanage) here on Saturday.

The two girls who were handed over to the orphanage are three-year-old Lakshmi and six-year-old Mahananda, children of migrant labourers Ranoji and Sharanamma from Lengti village in Aland taluk.

On Friday, an impoverished Banjara couple from Bikkunaik tanda in the Konchavaram forests in Chincholi taluk handed over their eight-month-old daughter Sonubai to the authorities at the orphanage.

The Banjara couple — Shankar and Sarita Jadhav — gave away their daughter owing to extreme poverty. Similarly, Ranoji said he had given his two daughters for adoption because of poverty and inability to take care of them as his wife, Sharanamma, had deserted him a few months ago. The Banjara couple, who have four daughters, had originally intended to hand over two of them, including Savitribai (4), to the orphanage. Before the couple left for the city, Savitribai hid herself. The elders in the tanda persuaded the couple not to give Savitribai up for adoption. Ranoji said that he worked in a brick kiln in Pune for eight months in a year, and it had become very difficult to take care of the two children as his wife had deserted him.

This had forced him to hand over his daughters to the orphanage.

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