S. Chithra (30) has been living under the shade of a huge neem tree for nearly a decade now. Deprived of their ancestral home and all that used to run the family, Chithra and her ailing father ended up on the sidewalk of a road at Andalpuram.
With no one left to care for her, Chithra spent sleepless nights fearing for her safety.
Rendered jobless, she fed on the eatables offered by passers-by.
Today, she has a job and a place to live in. The authorities of the Madurai District Legal Services Authority (MDLSA), along with an NGO, rescued the duo on Tuesday and offered the necessary aid.
It is learnt that Soundarapandian (65), the woman’s father mortgaged his house to a moneylender, who got his signature on blank paper and later transferred it to his name and drove the family out.
Soundarapandian borrowed money to give it as dowry in a bid to save his daughter at a crucial time, but he was duped by the moneylender, said Muthukumar, counsel for the victims.
Narrating her tale of sufferings, Chithra said she was harassed by lorry and autorickshaw drivers at night.
“People refused to rent us a house and we were left with no option but to live on the pavement at the mercy of Mother Nature,” she said.
“We need food and a shelter to live in. My father is ill and he needs immediate medical attention,” she added. The MDLSA helped her secure a job in a home for the elderly with free accommodation for her father and provisions for his medical treatment.
Jecintha Martin, Sub-Judge, MDLSA, said, “We are providing legal aid to the family to help retrieve their ancestral property. Besides, we have made arrangements for their livelihood.”
“My father is ill and he needs immediate