Duo in Chennai help beggar woman be independent

Chennai: In a heart-warming incident, two Kodambakkam youngsters in the city transformed the life of an elderly homeless woman at United India Colony recently.

The two- Rajesh, a businessman and Tamizarasi Mohan, share the story with News Today.

Speaking about this, Rajesh said, “I visit the Anna Walkers park at UNI Colony regularly, where I see a woman begging, I wanted to do something for her. That was when Tamizarasi gave me the idea to buy her flowers and make her a vendor.”

“We found that she is Muniyamma who has a family with three sons and a daughter, but none of them are taking care of her now which is why she ended up like this. We felt sad hearing her story and that is when we decided to help her,” said Tamizarasi.

Muniyamma, who is yet to come to terms with her new identity, stated, “They gave me a basket full of flowers and asked me to sell that and earn money. On the first day, I got Rs 250 and it was sufficient for me to have food. I also went to Koyambedu to purchase new stock.”

Homeless and residing under the Kodambakkam flyover, the teary-eyed woman said, “I was born and brought up in Chennai and studied till eighth. I got married after that and my husband and I worked as a security personnel in many flats. We had five children, but we couldn’t make them study. Although they have now settled down with their families in different places like Thiruvallur, Teynampet, Thinnalur and Choolaimedu, none of them looked after us and post the demise of my husband, I feel like an orphan.”

Without any home or job and left with no other option, she took to begging. Tamizarasi said that despite persuasion, the latter is not willing to stay in an old age home.

“She also needs somebody to support her in her flower business,” she added. Muniyamma too pointed out that she requires a proper job and a place to stay.

“I am willing to work as a housemaid,” she stated. Those willing to provide assistance to her, can contact 9884466000.

Aaditya Anand M