ANDHRA PRADESH

`Abandoned' girl admitted in SW hostel

HOPE, AT LAST: Chitti with the inmates of the State Social Welfare Residential School for Girls at Dindi in Nalgonda district. - Photo: Nagara Gopal  

S. Ramu

DINDI (NALGONDA): For nine-year-old tribal girl Ambothu Chitti, it has been a traumatic experience with a happy end.

After being allegedly abandoned by her poverty-stricken mother "in patnam" (read Hyderabad) some two months ago, she surfaced at Abdullapurmet in Ranga Reddy district. The district administration admitted her in a social welfare residential hostel at Dindi.

"Ne chaduvukunta (I'll study here)," Chitti, who completed second class last year, told The Hindu . She was acclimatizing herself to the new environment in the hostel, which accommodated some 400 girls.

Special case

Collector Kaveti Vijayanand had to use his discretionary power to give shelter to Chitti in the hostel because one must be above 10 years of age and should have completed fourth class to get an admission in it.

"On the instructions of the Collector, we are giving her temporary shelter since November 29 and she will be joined in a regular school later," hostel authorities said.

Chitti, who lived with a family of a tea stall owner at Abdullapurmet for over two months, was first spotted by The Hindu on November 25.

Acting swiftly on the report published in these columns, Mr. Vijayanand sent MRO and SI to Abdullapurmet and brought the girl to Dindi.

Friendly nature

Officials said that Chilki, Chitti's mother, met the girl before joining her in the hostel. The girl was seen moving freely with the inmates. "She is trying to mingle with girls of her age. She has a friendly nature," vice principal P. Yadagiri said.

Villagers of Budda thanda, 6-km from Devarakonda town, are happy to know about the return of Chitti. They said that Chilki sent the girl as servant maid to the house of an employee of the MDO office owing to her poor financial condition.

"She worked there for three days and disappeared from the house," Chitti's neighbours said. However, the girl maintained that she was abandoned by her mother "in patnam."