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GRATEFUL: Jayanthi Moithru, the Bengali woman, who will re-unite with her family members, expressing her gratitude to V. Balachandran, a volunteer of the Tiruchi Branch of the Indian Red Cross Society.
GRATEFUL: Jayanthi Moithru, the Bengali woman, who will re-unite with her family members, expressing her gratitude to V. Balachandran, a volunteer of the Tiruchi Branch of the Indian Red Cross Society.

M. Balaganessin

She got separated while on

a visit to the city. An NGO

then came to her rescue

Tiruchi: A Bengali woman, who lost her way during a tour of South India a couple of years ago, will be reunited with her family on April 28, thanks to through the efforts of the Tiruchi district branch of Indian Red Cross Society and the police.

Forty-year-old Jayanthi Moithru of Bardwan district of West Bengal got separated from her family which was on a visit to the city.

Left alone and unable to communicate in any language other than Bengali, the woman went through a torrid time and turned mentally ill.

ATMA Trust, a non-governmental organisation working for the mentally ill, came to her rescue and accommodated her at Shanthivanam, its Home for the Mentally Handicapped persons.

The Tiruchi branch of Indian Red Cross Society chipped in under the programme of ‘Family News Service’ (FNS) which helps in re-uniting the family members separated due to natural calamity, war, and other unforeseen circumstances.

A volunteer of the Society, V. Balachandran, conversed with her in Bengali and traced the circumstances under which she got separated from her family members.

“Ms. Moithru, along with her dear ones, was on a tour of South India some time in June-July 2007. She got stranded and could not trace them,” he says. The sudden separation had caused severe mental agony for her.

He posted all the details he had gathered about her in the FNS of the Society. The National Headquarters of the FNS, New Delhi, in turn, alerted the FNS wing of West Bengal state to keep a track of the information. “We are handing over the woman to her family members on April 28 in the presence of district police officials and the office-bearers of the Society and Shanthivanam,” said district chairman of the society J.J.L. Gnanaraj and its district honorary secretary S. Lawrence.

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