How many thousands of Saranya kind of girls do we have?Saranya is the name of one of my servant maids, who works part-time. Her duty is to clean the garden twice a week, pour water on the ramp that leads to our house, and put up the "kolam" everyday. Apart from this, one two days in a week, she would mop and clean the first floor, of almost 750 square foot.
And for this she gets paid Rs.1000/-, apart from the mandatory coffee. We also regularly give her old sarees ( just one year old), and other things that she could use. The most important point is that her husband has deserted her and would come to only have physical contact with her, once in a while. On all occasions, he would beat her up. She has studied up to the plus 2 level, but unfortunately complains that she cannot study any further as "nothing goes inside her head". Her marriage was an inter-caste love marriage.
Her husband has an illicit relationship with another girl, and there are rumors that he has even married her. We really do not know much about this, but the 20 kg of free rice provided through PDS and her income of Rs.6500/- per month, is her only support, as she has to feed two small children and her mother-in-law who takes care of her children. After working in at least twelve houses during the day, spread over 12 hours, also gets her some food. in some houses. And if he to add insult to injury there are many in the township who accuse us of paying too much to this small girl!!!
The Adanis and Amabnis have plans to sink in more than 2 lakh crores in solar power. Even if a fraction of that, from their profits goes towards a corpus, some social security can happen to the likes of Saranya., We have crony capitalism on the one hand and absolute poverty on the other.