Kerala shocked by plight of poor mother, 6 children

This hapless mother was unable to find food to fill the little stomach of her children.

But, the shocking sight of the kids eating dirty mud from the ground to beat hunger pangs, forced her to write to the authorities requesting them to take over the custody of the children.

The pathetic story of Sreedevi, living in a makeshift tent at Uplamoodu bridge, hardly one km away from the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram, with her six children shook the consciousness of Kerala.

Their plight came to light after the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) took over the custody of four elder siblings- two boys aged seven and five years and two girls, aged four and two.

The mother and two tiny tots, aged just months, were later shifted to a state-run shelter home. Now, promises of help and support are pouring in from various corners to help the poverty-stricken family.

Thiruvananthapuram Mayor K. Sreekumar on Tuesday handed over the letter of appointment to the woman offering a job at an office of the corporation.

The civic body would take all steps to ensure that the children were not denied education.

A flat will also be provided to her. Sreekumar had on Monday visited their house and assured the mother that a temporary job would be provided to her.

"One of the apartments, which has been constructed for the homeless under the 'Life Mission', will be given to the family," he told reporters.

(with news agency inputs)