“She was found by a PCR van on the street near Dilshad Garden. She was so sick that she had to be kept in the intensive care unit. She is now fine though a bit malnourished. She has told us that she had a family in Andhra Pradesh and we will now try and find them so that she can be sent back home,” said Smriti Vaid, a representative from St Stephen`s hospital`s homeless project. In the shelter, Reena (name changed) sits quietly in one corner. She suffers from a rare urinary dysfunction which makes her anathema for officials of most homes in the city. With some care and planned medical assistance though, she has now started participating in the activities of the shelter.
NGOs working with the homeless point out that cases of women — especially those with mental illnesses — being deserted by families are not uncommon. There are quite a few cases of even old women being abandoned. Rishikant from NGO Shakti Vahini says that Ratna`s case reflects the story of many women. “We are seeing more cases where men marry women and then abandon them or sell them off for prostitution.
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