Within 24 hours of local media highlighting the mercy killing plea of a distraught mother who could not live to see her daughter suffering, the local administration reached out with offers of medical help, housing and living expenses on Tuesday.
A resident of Erode district, Jaya 34, mother of 14-year old mentally challenged daughter, had in a plea to the Tamil Nadu government sought permission for mercy killing of her daughter as she could no longer see the pain as well as able to protect her daughter anymore in the absence of any help from the authorities.
Her one-page appeal in Tamil addressed to the district collector was highlighted by the local Tamil and English media that was picked up by local television channels.
Within hours of telecast of the plight of Jaya and her daughter, the administration swung into action.
On Monday, Jaya wheeled her wheel-chair bound daughter Madhumita to the collector's office with a one page petition seeking permission to administer euthanasia to her mentally challenged ward.
"She can't even express her hunger. I have to do everything for her. Since I have to work to sustain my family I find it challenging and disturbing to leave her alone at home," she said in her appeal and sought permission for her mercy killing, "Since there would be none to look after her (Jaya's) lifetime."
Even homes for mentally challenged have refused to take her, Jaya complained to the collector.
Erode district collector VK Shanmugam told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that already three NGOs, including one in Erode itself, had come forward to admit Madhumita and offer her treatment.
A district rehabilitation officer, J Jasmine has already called on Jaya and her daughter at their rented room and tried to reason with her and seek her to withdraw her appeal.
"The collector sir has promised to give us land to build a home and monthly pension as also to get the child treated," Jaya said expressing happiness that the government had responded positively to her plea.
"If my daughter gets well, what more I can ask for," an excited Jaya told Hindustan Times over phone from Erode on Wednesday, asserting that she would not press her mercy plea.
"I am happy with the response of the government officials. Though they did not give any deadline, I was told that the collector would give us land to build a home here and also arrange for some money for treatment of the girl," she said.