Saturday, August 30, 2008

Is there The Banyan or Udavum Karangal in Hyderabad ?

Yesterday afternoon, on my way back from Begumpet, I saw an old woman sleeping in the MMTS station platform. I didn't give much thought to it as in our land it is common to find poor people sleeping on the roads and platforms. After a few minutes, I was shocked to see that the lady's leg had a wound with flies swarming on it. It was a 3' X 2' cut, where the skin had peeled off exposing raw flesh. The thought of maggots filling the wound and eating into her was unbearable. I walked up to the lady and asked her if she was getting the wound treated. She answered in what I thought was Telugu as Hindi is known to me. I asked for help from the people around me and told them to talk to her. They asked her if she was getting treated and that if she required help to get herself treated, we would do so. Her answer was not in Telugu too. Anyways, we gave her some money, hoping that it would help her treat herself, and get her some food too.

Later, people said that she may be of instable mind. That was worse, as she would not be able to help herself. As we were talking, she got up and with blood oozing out of the wound walked away. Other people told me that my giving money was a waste. That the wound was a clean cut(which it was), and may have been inflicted by gangs who used it as a way of making people caught in their gangs earn money. Which meant, the wound would never ever be let to heal. The train came and I had to leave. But, does my responsibility end there ? Did I do enough for a fellow human being ? The lady and her wound cease to leave my mind.

In Chennai, The Banyan and Udavum Karangal are organizations whom we can turn to in such situations. We can call them up and ask for help when we find destitute people, especially women. I am ignorant about any such organizations in Hyderabad. Having lived here in Hyderabad for two years now, I have not given much thought about finding more about the city. Leading a cocooned life in the University, I live away from reality, away from the truth. I have made the university home, and rarely move outside its protective walls. Yesterday I came face to face again with the world I live in, and, it was a reminder of the responsibilities I have as a citizen, as a fellow human being, of being aware.

[Browsing the internet, I fail to find similar organizations. If anyone knows about similar organizations in Hyderabad, please do write].


Kam said...
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Kam said...

Check this out madam
It may help.


p.s: looking for more

Kam said...

1 State Home, c/o Dept. of Women Development & Child Welfare, Near Sarathi Studios, Ameerpet, Hyderabad
2 Missionaries of Charity, Nirmal Hriday, Home for Dying & Destitute,New Bhoiguda, Secunderabad 040- 27532142
3 Asmita 10-3-96, Plot No. 283, 4th Floor, Street 6, Teachers Colony, East Marredpally, Secunderabad-26 040- 27733251; 27733229
4 Ankuram Ramnagar, Hyderabad 040- 27074992
5 Prajwala, 20-4-34, 3rd Floor, Behind Charminar Bus Stand, Beside Sugandh Darshini Hotel, Hyderabad-2 040 - 24510947; 55704048
6 Mahila Dakshata Samithi, Community Hall, Regimental Bazar, Secunderabad 040- 27705327; 23732366
7 Guild of Services Seva Samajam , 10-3-561/3, Vijaynagar, Hyderabad- 57 040- 23344418; 23317195
8 Telugu Bala Mahila Pragati Pranganam, Chilukur,Ranga Reddy District
9 Anurag Family Counselling Centre 040- 23512321; 23561157
10 Mahila Abhivrudhi Society, 8-2-120/86/9/H/20, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034 040-23555864
11 Andhra Mahila Sabha, Durga Bai Deshmukh Hospital, Vidyanagar 040- 27615448
12 COVA (Confederation of Voluntary Associations) 20-4-10, Near Bus Stand, Charminar, Hyderabad- 500002 040- 24574527; 24572984 Fax: 040- 24567087

All the above are the institutes relating to women and empowerment

Kam said...

I personally checked few phone numbers. Few are not working. But addresses are correct for most of them.

I'm looking for more.