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Karnataka woman mortgages 'mangalsutra' to buy TV for her children's classes on Doordarshan

The incident came into light when a tehsildar sent village officials to check what happened.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Aug 2020 2:41 PM GMT

Guwahati: A mother of four children from Karnataka was forced to mortgage her mangalsutra to buy a television for her children to take study lessons from Doordarshan.

The woman named Kasturi Chalavadi from Radder Naganur village in Nargund taluk of Gadag district, a mother of four mortgaged 12-gram gold to in exchange for cash for buying a television so that her children could watch study lessons being broadcasted on Doordarshan.

As per reports, her husband Muttappa is a daily wage worker, who hasn't been able to look for a job amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The incident came into light when a tehsildar sent village officials to check what happened.

The moneylender later realised the situation and decided to give the mangalsutra back to the woman and asked the family to return the money whenever they can.

Notably, few locals pooled in money for the family, and some politicians also pitched in. Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed also sent Rs 50,000 and state minister CC Patil sent Rs 20,000 as well.

The mother later stated "Doordarshan shows lessons for kids. We didn't have a television. Our children used to go to others' houses to watch television. When the teachers said they have to watch TV for classes, I realised their future was at stake. No one gave me a loan to buy a television. So I thought I'll mortgage my mangalsutra and buy a TV."

It is to be mentioned that three of the couple's children are studying in Classes 7 and 8, while their elder daughter is married.

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