Mangaluru: Lonely and disabled, Sharath longs for caretakers - Please help

Stany Bela

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Jun 25: When one looks at the skyscrapers dotting the skyline and density of posh vehicles vying with each other on the city roads, Mangaluru presents the look of a city that is developing at a fast pace. But, in their enthusiasm to get awed by the development works and projects in the city, many a time, people forget about those who struggle to manage even one square meal a day, and have no means to take proper care of their illnesses. The heart breaking story of Monamma and her physically challenged grandson again brings into focus the attitude of our so called educated, cultured society and failure of government agencies to reach out to the needy and abandoned.

The elderly woman and her physically challenged grandson can be located in the outskirts of the city. The duo, forgotten and ignored, with nobody around them to pay heed to their grievances, lead a life of penury. Sharath (17), physically challenged by birth, is vocally impaired and cannot stand on his own. The teenager has been living here since the last two years with his grandmother Monamma. Sharath’s life took a miserable turn when his grandmother fell ill last month. Now there is no one to take care of him and he has been struggling even to get one meal a day.

Speaking to Daijiworld, a neighbour said, “A few years ago, Monamma came here with her physically challenged grandson and managed to get a house for low rent. After seeing the struggle of the elderly woman for her survival, the house owner was reluctant to even charge rent, and allowed them to stay free of cost. Monamma was the caretaker of Sharath and she managed to arrange two meals a day for the two by working as a housemaid in houses in Kannur area. Unfortunately, Monamma fell ill and was admitted into a hospital last week and her grandson was left alone and orphaned.”

Mithun Rai’s timely intervention helped Monamma get hospitalised

"The sudden disappearance of the ever-active Monamma in the area made us suspicious and led us to visit her house. When we reached there, foul odour stopped us meters away from her home. We called a few other people and went inside the house. Monamma was lying on the floor and was in a very bad health condition. Sharath also had become drowsy without food and water. Immediately, we contacted various government agencies and NGOs to shift Monamma to hospital. But all of them managed to avoid us by giving reasons like current government rules and orders etc. Finally, we got in touch with Mithun Rai, youth Congress leader. Within half an hour, he visited the spot with his friends and shifted Monamma to Wenlock hospital for Covid test and later got her admitted to Bantwal taluk hospital. As per the latest information, Monamma’s health condition is very bad and she has not been responding to the treatment,” said a lady who knows Monamma since the last few years.

Sharath cannot walk nor stand without help from others. The house is filled with bad odour as no one has come here since a week. A kind hearted Muslim family has started to serve him food and clean the house.

The tragic story of Monamma and Sharath is one of the many heart-rending stories from our ‘Smart City’. There could be many more similar cases in different pockets of Mangaluru. It is very much necessary to rehabilitate these kind of people. All we can do is hope that the government and NGOs look into this matter seriously and take Sharath under their care.

"Sharath should be immediately shifted to a better place. He needs medical treatment and healthy food. He does not have anyone to take care of him. So the government or NGOs should take interest in this issue as soon as possible and avoid a death that could be attributed to the inhuman nature of people from the city which boasts of many NGOs and charities," noted an aged neighbour.




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  • Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Thanks to the family that helped them and Mithun Rai will be blessed for his great work. If any of the caretaking facility comes forward To take care of Sarath and monamma I am ready to help this family.. God is great and with his grace I am sure many will follow

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  • Ishwara Bhat, Bangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    I wish to send some money to cover the immediate requirements of the boy. Can anyone send me the bank details ?

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  • Aalva, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Please contact Harish Pargade of Bantwal Shri Matha Lakshani Oldage Home who runs a oldage home and care centre for disabled. Hope he may help

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  • zita lewis, Bendur

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Thanks for the muslim family . god bless them... And one more thing since from lockdown one Mr. Mithun is helping more people. really he is a realy star of our country. I pray god grant him good post so that he will give good support to our country. thax to u .

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Where is the district incharge minister?
    Lots of money spent on protection of cows.
    Cow sheds.
    Why there is negligence on this kind of help less
    Human being.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Wherever the Help comes it is welcome.

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  • Pasha, Karnataka

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    There is something known as Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR., as it is known. We have many corporates in Mangalore - Infy, Chettinad Cement, NMPT., Reliance, etc. Can the elected representatives please tell us as to what is done with this money that is collected. Hopefully not for building the pump well flyover. CSR money is to be used for these purposes, not for beautifying Kadri Park & making us ulloo with SMART City talks.

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  • Jhanavi, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    yes thats true.. where does all the money go... what is the use of fly overs and beautification of city when people are dyeing of hunger and without homes.... there are so many people without proper houses to live in...and there are so many orphans who do not have some one to take care of.. why dont these corrupt politicians and officials open their eyes and see the plight... we common man cannot do anything as we do not have that much money . there are crores and crores in govt officials pockets and there are so many trusts which collect money in the name of poor education and food and shelter.. .why dont they actively search such poor people and do something good for them... This issues are not new.. it is prevailing from years in our country... and even the present govt is not taking any action... sad

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  • Indian, India

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Pls contact Snehalaya. Mr. Joseph Crasta and team will look after Sharath and grandma forever. Mangaloreans are kind and helpful compared to other comminities .

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  • Yogesh Rao, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    If possible , daiji world can provide the account details of sharath and we can all contribute in our small ways .

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  • Ralph D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Please provide their contact details. I'll get them help via Rotary Club.

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  • Jones, manipal

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    In this case money is of very little help a truely helping hand is required, feeling desperately sad by their condition and my falilure to lend a helping hand. I am failure in this case.

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  • Smitha, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    There is Disability pension and also widow pension by the government. Someone please help them apply for it, any income is better than no income, this will help the boy on a long run rather than completely being dependant on charities. It will instill some dignity for the living.

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  • Philip, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Its not the right time to coment but to give a helping hand to the family

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  • Archana, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    It’s very sad to see the plight of this boy ..Request any NGO to please come forward and help this boy and take care of him 🙏🏻

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  • MrAnks, Kottara

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Feeling very sad to these kind of poor people,, there are many in our surroundings,, but sad part is I couldn't able to make any contribution in this situation of corona,, having lot of money issue during this situation,, but surely going to help in future,, most importantly please do discover such kind of people who really in need and some good heart wealthy people can definitely do something,,

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  • MrAnks, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Really feeling very sad to see those pictures,,

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  • Corrine Rasquinha, Bendur, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Sad to see the grandma so sick. I remember visiting this grandma and the handicapped grandson Sharath and giving them food and provisions during early lockdown. April first week. She was then walking about and cooking for Sharath. Infact I wondered then itself who will take care of Sharath when grandma is gone. Sharath has a brother who hardly visits them I was told by the neighbours.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Der Corrine ,Kindly do something to this poor chap.I know relatives are not interested when one is handicap or need help.They will come running if only some money or land is to be aquired.I could help you in this case.Kindly provide the bank account.last one I have lost.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    If you are in a position to help this unfortunate boy through your connections by any NGO, please try and surely the good hearted Daijies will certainly extend the financial assistance. May God send some good Samaritan to the help of this helpless boy.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Chandu karla,I have no connections.Let us see how it develops.I know Mrs Corraine only through charity work to which I helped with what I could.By the way what is NGO .

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  • Bhandary, mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Please provide contact details of any person with more info or the address of Sharath, Help will be provided immediately,

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Where are all the chaddies, BDs, Senas, pumpwells and bhakts gone now. Why no one comments on this news item........!!!!

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Why you wait others to help? If possible you help and don't complain about others .
    Don't try to cook Ur politics food here

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    No doubt, you are one among them..

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    The news topic being a very sensitive and humanitarian one, your political food....nonsense does not call for a response. Truth always hurts.

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Many of them are active but roaming in trousers. This covid situation is not much of use for them. Let the pandemic subside and then they will be in the news everyday.

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  • Abhijeet, Bailur

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Great work by Mithun Rai and friends and Muslim family keep it up god always bless you all humanity exits from you only salute you work trully my heart

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  • Mahesh Kotian, Mangalore/shimoga

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Hats off to person who has given them rent free accommodation

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Pity that such cases remained in dark till the mother fell sick.Atleast now we can help them to have a fresh bed and a normal meals .Let us forget about past and their relatives.for the present matters one their /his condition.If any help is needed let us do it together without seeing caste religion and gender.Humanity help will be there when needed.

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  • T.A.Moras, Bejai,Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Why only blame elected representatives.Whete are the relatives of Monamma?Why their neighbours are not helping.It is pathetic to see them in such inhumane condition.Whoever helps them are doing great service to humanity..

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Greatly appreciate Mr. Mithun Rai his friends and Muslim family who were feeding Sharath and cleaning the house. Humanity still exists, God bless them all.

    If NGO ready to care and daijiworld provide bank account details of NGO we can contribute.

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  • Veena, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Ther is a NGO called white doves in mlore.. Mrs Corrine rasquinha is the contact person, likewise, Sion ashram , may be in madanthyar, Mr paulose is the contact person

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  • Kevin, Mangalore.

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    If possible contact Mr.Mithun Rai n team . They r providing selfless service to the needy people during this pendemic situation. God bless them n u.

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Where are other Elected representatives from DK
    Still they are depending on EVM to help other destitutes

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Thanks for all especially that Muslim family who was is feeding Sharath and cleaning the house... Many Muslim brethren are always ahead in doing such work... .they never see behind......last time we read one article about a lonely man from madikeri... Where a neighbour madam kept her jewellery under mortgage for paying the medical bills.......few days back kankanady bus stop gentleman provided bed sheets to elderly people at the bus stop... Really feel good when we help each other and live in harmony.... .god bless all of them....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 25 2020

    Cynthia, Kirem
    Now we know who Cares ...

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