Poverty drove them to Bengaluru

Poverty, rural distress and the lack of opportunities near their homes saw two youth move to work in a bar in Bengaluru.

It was five years ago that Rangaswamy left Kalenahalli village in Gubbi taluk and headed to Bengaluru. He was the main source of income for his family. His mother, Thimmakka, works as a labourer, while his father’s ill-health has forced him indoors. Rangaswamy’ s younger brother, who works in a hotel in Tumakuru, is recovering from a leg injury.

“Thimmakka kept saying that news is false and nothing has happened to her son,” said Chandrashekar, Rangaswamy’s uncle. However, as the news set in, Thimmakka became inconsolable. “My son was my strength. Now who is going look after my ailing husband and me,” she said.

“They have one acre of land in which they have grown arecanut and coconut trees. But as there is no water to irrigate, the trees are drying up. They do not have any income from agriculture,” said Gangadhar, their neighbour in the village.

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