Life in a hut on hilltop; woman and daughter struggle without any help
Malappuram: Sabira has been struggling to live with her daughter in a dilapidated house on a hilltop at Pulikkal here. Both are residing in Pulparambu, which is the second ward of Pulikkal panchayat. The house without a proper roof is covered using a plastic sheet. The walls made of laterite stones and cement blocks may fall at any time.
During heavy rainfall and strong wind, the plastic sheet over the roof drops and water rushes into the house. With no other easy option to fetch drinking water, Sabira collects the rainwater falling from the sheet and even uses it to drink. Earlier she used to bring water from other houses. But due to physical ailments, she is not able to carry water through the steep slopes.
There is only a three-feet path to reach Sabira’s house and that too is covered by bushes now. The house is not electrified and a wooden plank placed on a few stones is the only furniture to sit and sleep.
Her daughter is studying in the first standard and the school authority has presented a mobile phone to her for attending the online class. But Sabira has to seek others’ help to recharge the battery as well as mobile data.
The house is situated on Sabira’s 4 cent land. Foodgrains purchased from the ration shop through the BPL card are the only source of food for this woman and her daughter.
Two years back, she had been suffering from mental disturbances due to her miserable life. Her husband who has two families to look after cannot support Sabira and her daughter with his daily wage job.