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Women’s cry for justice

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Four women turn up at ‘grievances day’



Suseela at a grievances meet .

ONGOLE: Four hapless women in their teens turned up at the grievances day meeting held here on Monday seeking justice.

While one woman, who lost her husband to AIDS, is fighting with her in-laws for her share in property, the other three women were victims of love marriage. Martha Suseela of Chimata village in Marripudi mandal got married to Yedukondalu of the same village six years ago. Both of them worked as daily wage earners and lived with their in-laws in a joint family. The family with four brothers has eight acres of land.

Beginning of trouble

Trouble started after Yedukondalu was afflicted with AIDS and could not go for work. Suseela also stopped going for work as she had to take care of him. But her in-laws insisted that she should work and support the family.

As Suseela was also tested HIV positive, she wanted the in-laws to give them their share of property so that they could live on it. As the in-laws rejected her plea, she returned to her parents a year ago. In this backdrop, Yedukondalu died on August 2. Suseela is now fighting for her share in property.Swapna, who is hardly 17, has a different tale of woe to narrate. She fell in love with her neighbour, Nagur, in Chinnaganjam village.

Though they belonged to the same caste of Malas, elders on both sides opposed their marriage. They defied them and got married a month ago and began to live separately in the same village. Nagur eked out his livelihood as a painter.

Left in lurch

Her troubles began when Nagur disappeared suddenly a week ago. She was left alone as neither her parents nor her in-laws came to her rescue. When she was at her wits end, some people advised her to take her problem to the notice of the district administration at the grievances day meeting held at Ongole every Monday.

So she came here with the hope that the officials would trace her husband and reunite them. The other two women too have found themselves in the same piquant situation. Collector K Devanand directed the Woman and Child Welfare Department to provide them shelter, counselling and legal aid to resolve their family problems.

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