“I’M DIGVIJAY Singh’s daughter-in-law. If you don’t hand me a tenner I’ll get you transferred”. With this memorable, albeit novel, threat a possibly deranged middle-aged woman proceeded to scalp more than Rs 1,000 from Corporation employees at IMC headquarters.
The woman, who reached the IMC headquarters at around 3.30 pm, accosted dozens of Corporation employees and wrangled money from practically everyone by issuing the same threat.
She finally departed shortly before 5 pm after raising hell for nearly two hours. IMC sources said that the woman, Ramrati Bai, was a resident of Banganga who, indeed, lived in Raghogarh (Digvijay Singh’s hometown), but more than two decades ago.
They further revealed that the woman has five unmarried daughters, but doesn’t possess the means to support them and the economic deprivation appears to have made her lose her mental balance.
Although corporator Rajendra Kaushal is bearing the cost of one girl’s education, she still has to arrange for money for two other daughters studying in Class VIII and X respectively and this appears to have driven her around the bend, said a beldar. He presumed that it was this dire shortage of money that led Ramrati Bai to the IMC headquarters.
Interestingly, although several passers-by taking pity on the woman’s condition offered her money ranging from Rs 50-100 Ramrati Bai only accepted Rs 10 from each benefactor and duly returned the rest of the money.