A Malaysian family, moved by the plight of three minors living by themselves in a village in Sonepur, 20 km north of Patna, has not only offered to provide them help but also appealed to several international organisations to come to their rescue.
The Malaysian family had read about seven-year-old Govinda looking after himself and two younger cousins by doing petty jobs and cooking for the ‘family’ in hindustantimes.com recently. Govinda was abandoned by his father after his mother died and his cousins Pinky (3) and Sonu (5) are orphans. They lost their parents a couple of years ago.
Hindustantimes.com had along with the report carried a picture showing little Govinda making chapatis inside their shack as his cousins looked on. The villagers are aware of the children’s plight but no one has come forward to help them.
NS Pichoo, a Malaysian citizen, said his daughter Lynette Pichoo has approached several humanitarian organisations worldwide and also urged the Oprah Winfrey Foundation to help the three children. The foundation supports education and empowerment of women and children.
After the Patna edition of Hindustan Times and hindustantimes.com carried the report, Saran District Magistrate Prabhat Kumar Sah said a maidservant had been arranged to look after the children. “Govinda now goes to the local DAV school while his cousins attend an Anganwadi centre for elementary education,” the DM said.
The DM said he has instructed district officials to look for Govinda’s father and give him a job card. Besides, the district administration has been providing the children foodgrains and a local NGO has chipped in to provide them school kits.