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City feels for the Jains, wants to help

delhi Updated: Mar 22, 2009 02:04 IST
Karan Choudhury

Four days after abject poverty and hunger forced a family of seven to allegedly attempt suicide, scores of Delhiites, reading the Hindustan Times report, came forward to help them in every way possible.

From MNCs to NGOs, government officials to high-flying executives, and from professionals to the man on the street, everybody wants to help the Jain family. While some want to sponsor the education of the five Jain daughters, others want to adopt them or at least help the family monetarily.

Hindustan Times had reported on Wednesday that 46-year-old Satish Jain, a school dropout who sold knick-knacks for a living and was a heart patient, allegedly tried to kill himself, his wife and five young daughters in their Chander Nagar home in Northwest Delhi.

“People want to help out the girls but till now nothing concrete has been done. We will accept whatever help we get with open arms,” said Mithelesh Goyal, the maternal uncle of the five girls.

“I am shocked to read that misery forced the father to wipe off the family, including himself. It is an irony that the
daughters are brilliant in studies and have zeal and fortitude to achieve highs in their career,” said Sunil Puri, a reader, via email.

Another reader, Shobit Arya, said, “One cannot just be a mute spectator to their pain. We cannot sit back and let this just pass by. We have to do something to make sure that no family has to resort to suicide to escape poverty.” (See accompanying box for more reader reactions.)

LK Advani, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, too, offered help after visiting the family in the hospital on Saturday. Advani reportedly asked them to approach him if they needed anything.

“It is shocking in the extreme that such a thing happened in the Capital. It is a shame on all of us,” he told reporters. Interestingly, seeing Advani’s security detail, the two youngest Jain girls mistook him for the PM.