Beggar pays Rs 80,000 to free daughters

Updated on Oct 14, 2007 04:24 AM IST

A beggar-woman, whose two girls have been arrested for theft, pays the release bond to a city court and walks away, reports Ramesh Babu.

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Hindustan Times | By, Thiruvananthapuram

A beggar-woman, whose two girls have been arrested for theft, paid a release bond of Rs 80,000 for her daughters to a city court and walked away.

After hearing the bail application of Muthamma (20) and Maria (19), arrested in Tirur, a court told Rajeswari, a beggar, that a deposit of Rs 1 lakh was required before her daughters could be released.

Muthamma and Maria were arrested on September 24, following a complaint by a woman that the two had stolen her purse. Investigations revealed the duo had been robbing bus and train passengers ‘at will’.

Much to the surprise of all those who had assembled in the court, Rajeswari on Wednesday approached the court with the help of an advocate and placed a bundle of Rs 80,000. She told the court that she could not manage to get the remaining amount. Subsequently, the court accepted her plea and ordered the release of the girls.

Sources said such cases involving women from neighboring States prove to be a source of worry for the police who seldom take them to court. “We are not sure whether Rajeswari is the real mother of the two, she could just be their leader. In recent times, nomads from neighboring states, especially Tamil Nadu, are sneaking in large numbers. They target women and children and rob them of their jewellery and valuables,” Tirur police station inspector K.M. Biju said.

Last week, two nomadic women were beaten up severely at a village near Tirur for stealing gold anklets from a child. Five persons were arrested in connection with the case.

“They are trained and part of bigger gang. If they are caught they try to draw public sympathy by asking for mercy and crying out loud. Most of them move around with a child on their lap and if caught keep pinching the child to make it cry. While some take off their clothes to get sympathy, a majority are pregnant,” Biju said.

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    Ramesh Babu is HT’s bureau chief in Kerala, with about three decades of experience in journalism.

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