Oddly Enough

Indian granny thrown on garbage dump

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian couple found an unwell 75-year-old woman lying on a garbage dump, apparently thrown out of her home by her daughter and grandsons who did not want to take care of her, the Hindustan Times reported.

“She never complained about her family’s behaviour, only rued the fact that she couldn’t move without help,” Mohanasundari, one of the rescuers, said.

The “semi-paralysed” Palaniappan told her rescuers her youngest daughter had quarrelled with other family members over who should take care of her. The daughter then got her sons to take their grandmother to the dump in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Sons and daughters have traditionally looked after their elderly parents but sociologists say that the pressures of modern life are seeing more elderly people abandoned by their children or sent to old-age homes.

Politicians expressed outrage over Palaniappan’s fate and said they would ask officials to take action against the family.

“I have asked the collector (a local official) to take care of the old lady, and take legal action against the children,” state Social Welfare Minister Poongothai, who like many in Tamil Nadu goes by one name, was quoted as saying.