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Mom returns home with govt help
- Tormentor sons threaten to file defamation suit

Durgapur, Sept. 21: Two senior government officials yesterday escorted home the 65-year-old Durgapur lady who was kicked out by her sons, a day after The Telegraph reported her plight.

A deputy magistrate and a social welfare officer accompanied Kamala Devi to her home in Natun Pally following instructions of Burdwan district magistrate Onkar Singh Meena.Meena also asked the Durgapur subdivisional officer to register a suo motu case under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, and summoned Kamala’s sons Pramod and Vinod Chowdhury.

“No son can throw out his dependent mother like this. He has to take care of her basic needs without setting any condition. I have asked the SDO to start a case at the senior citizens’ welfare tribunal immediately and order Kamala Devi’s two sons to provide all necessary help, such as food and medicines,” Meena said.

Kamala, the widow of a retired Durgapur Steel Plant employee, was allegedly kicked and pushed by schoolteacher Pramod and share market agent Vinod, her two sons, when she tried to return to her house armed with a court order on Tuesday.

The court had directed police to ensure that the lady could live in her house without any resistance.

Police, however, did not accompany Kamala that day, instead advising her eldest son Ajit to call them up if there was any problem.Kamala had been staying with Ajit after Pramod and Vinod allegedly tried to set her ablaze in July.

SDO Ayesha Rani A. called Kamala to her office today. “She came with her eldest son and lodged a case at the senior citizens’ welfare tribunal, of which I am the chairperson. I have summoned her two younger sons for a hearing on September 26. I sent deputy magistrate Biswanath Samajdar and social welfare officer Mandira Devi to escort the woman to her house. If her sons again put up any resistance, the police have been asked to take action,” the SDO said.

Kamala entered her home around 5pm with the two government officials and the police.Pramod and Vinod were in the first floor of the two-storeyed house but did not say anything.

“I am thankful to the media. It is for them that the administration took my case seriously and now I am back home,” Kamal said.Her two sons, however, have threatened to file deformation suit against her for “tarnishing” their image.