New Delhi: A poor woman from Gadag district of Karnataka was forced to mortgage her mangalsutra to buy a television so that her four children could continue their studies from Doordarshan.
Kasturi Chalavadi, a mother of four, mortgaged her 12-gram gold mangalsutra in exchange for cash for buying a television so that her children could watch study lessons being broadcasted on Doordarshan.
The incident was later brought to the notice of village tehsildar and village officials visited Kasturi’s home to see what had happened.
The person who lended Kasturi the money in exchange of her mangalsutra later realised the situation and immediately handed back her mangalsutra and told that the family is free to return the money whenever they can.
Also, few locals came to know of the unfortunate incident, and pooled in some money to help the family. Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed also donated Rs 50,000 to the family and state minister CC Patil also sent them Rs 20,000.
Kasturi, while speaking to India Today, said: “Doordarshan shows lessons for kids. We didn’t have a television. Our children used to go to others’ house to watch television. When the teachers said they have to watch TV for classes, I realised their future was at stake. No one gave me a loan to buy a television. So I thought I’ll mortgage my mangalsutra and buy a TV.”
Kasturi’s husband is a daily wage worker and they barely make their ends meet with whatever her husband earns everyday. However, he lost his job after the nationwide lockdown and the family has been in a very bad condition. The family’s three children are studying in classes 7 and 8 while their eldest daughter is married.