After a Bus Ran Over Man's Leg, His Family Was Brought To The Streets | Milaap
After a Bus Ran Over Man's Leg, His Family Was Brought To The Streets
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"People walked up to me and asked how my husband died. They saw that I did not have my mangal sutra. I had to sell it to save him. They said it is a bad omen. What else was I supposed to do? My family disowned me for marrying him. His friends left him when he lost his business. We have nobody to help us when in need, not even to save his life." - Veena

This is the story of a family that has been forced to the streets of JP Nagar after a terrible accident. Balachandar took a job as a silk weaver in Maddur after running into a loss with his own manufacturing unit. He comes to Bangalore to visit his family once a week. End of March, as he boarded a bus around 8PM, he slipped, fell, and the bus' rear wheel ran over his leg. 

"For one hour, I was lying there. I was bleeding a lot, everything was blurry. I saw people clicking photos. I was in and out of consciousness. Finally, someone called an ambulance. They first took me to a hospital in Maddur. There they refused to help, so I went to Mandya GH. I got stitches and then I came to Bangalore." - Balachandar

For two months, he was in St. Victoria's. He had necrosis of the skin and needed grafting. He may also need another surgery soon. His family was evicted a week after the accident, and even the children were living with him (even though the hospital strictly forbids it). Veena paid the bills by selling her mangal sutra. They did not have a place to stay when they were discharged.
"Someone told us about this space behind the paper shop and a godown. There is no water or electricity. Just a small space and a sheet above our head. We had nowhere to go, so we brought our things here. The man who owns the godown gave us a month. We have to vacate in a week."  - Veena

Balachandar's children Gagan and Nischita went to the Church in Kothnur to pray when their father first met with the accident. After they came home, they went back to ask the nuns why God did not cure their father, and why they had no home. The nuns accompanied the children home, and were distraught when they saw the state of the family. They bought the family a few provisions to cook, and paid a nurse to dress Balachandar's wounds.

"Amma, can we go somewhere before it rains? Maybe we can stay at my school?" - Nischita

As I heard Nischita say this, Veena explained that the rain floods their little space. Rats from the sewer gnaw at Balachandar's foot. The children huddle on a chair together, under a carpet that they use as a blanket as the water pours through the holes in the sheet above. 

"We have no money. Nowhere else to go. I am not able to find a job. It is the only way we can get out of here. My children bring water in empty bottles from the tap outside the temple (tap used for washing feet). I cook and wash clothes with that water. Thankfully a neighbor has let us use an old bathroom. There is no water, but we make do."  - Veena

Currently, they have several needs but their top priority is to find a home before it rains again. Otherwise, the children will fall sick, and Balachandar may contract a fatal infection. Their living space is crowded with flies. It is hot, dirty and unsafe. The situation is bad for young children, and a man recovering from an accident. Without a decent toilet, they are all at risk of disease.


This family needs our help to get back on their feet again. They live near 
Brigade Millennium in JP Nagar. The story was brought to my notice by my former cook, who passes by the paper shop every day on her way to work. I was in tears after seeing their state, and with your support I hope to help them through this nightmare.

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