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Nenavath Kamli's Case

Husband Name:Shankar
Village:Kunkudu Chettu thand

Case Details:

“My name is Kamli. My husband’s name is Chandu. I have three girls and one son. Pramila is 8 years old, Gita is six, Babu is 4 years and the baby is two months old. None of my children are going to school. I can’t afford to send them to school. I don’t own any land or a proper house. My husband and I both are brickmakers. We migrate regularly to Guntur and Kurnool to make bricks. My old mother-in-law also lives with us. My children help me in my work. My son is disabled with a clubfoot and I am waiting to have another son so I am not practicing contraception. Unfortunately I now have another daughter. I am not able to feed her because I did not have enough breast milk. I gave away my 45-day-old daughter to my sister–in–law to bring her up and promised to take her back when she was older. All the village people accused me that I had sold my daughter. I could not give my daughter to my mother to take care because she is a single woman therefore I gave to my in-laws. My husband was harassing me every day that I had given birth to a daughter so I gave her away. One day when my husband was away and I was alone in the house several journalists came to the house and took my photographs. The police came the next day and took away my father-in-law into custody. I went with my husband to bring my daughter back. My sister-in-law was away in Tirupathi and as soon as we heard that the police had taken away my father-in–law, we went to the police station. The police registered a case against us because we could not bring the baby back. We got our baby back the next day and though we took the baby to the police station they did not release my father-in–law. I took the matter to the Sarpanch of our village, Mr. K Keshav Reddy. He came to the police station, talked to the police and had our people released. For one week we were running around the police. We borrowed Rs 7,000 to deal with the case. We had to spend 5,000 for the elders who came to the police station. The Sarpanch took Rs 2,000. When we asked him why he was taking so much he said it was to help us and to secure the release. I had given away my daughter because I could not look after her due to poverty and now I had to spend Rs 7,000 to get the baby back. I do not even have a ration card to buy rice at a reasonable price.” Gramya supported feeding the baby till it was six months old. The family is provided with rations for three months and after a gap when they were facing problems they have again been provided with rations. We are helping the family to get their entitlement of ration card by applying to the Mandal Development Officer. The card is yet to be issued. The two daughters, Gita and Pramila are enrolled in Gramya bridge school.