- When she bought rations after getting paid and she had money, they were destroyed by the rats (more below). So now she has neither the money, nor the supply to feed family when money runs out.
- They had purchased a much needed inexpensive mattress when they moved in. Within two days, it had huge holes in it from the rats chewing away at it during the day when no one was home.
- She can’t afford steel containers, the rats chew through plastic containers to get at the food.
- Clothes get destroyed routinely.
- And of course, the bites when they sleep.
- There is free treatment for rat bites in all government hospitals, but the place she stays is at such a distance from the nearest hospital and out of bus route, that she ends up taking a rickshaw for these injections about 2-3 times a month for some or the other member of the family. They have now started ignoring minor bites under the assumption that the protection from the previous injection still works. Going to a local doctor costs about Rs. 100/- So one way or the other, there is a cost of rs.150/- to Rs.300/- on treating rat bats, not to mention cost in health.
- She purchases food just enough for each meal, they cook and finish it, because it gets wasted otherwise. This is more expensive than buying supplies in bulk, or at least by the kilo.
Founder at Aam Janata
Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.
Latest posts by Vidyut (see all)
- Open letter to the Chief Justice of India - April 13, 2019
- Nationwide Protest by NREGA workers #NREGASangharshMorcha - March 2, 2019
- Repression of Activists cannot stop the second Kisan Long March - February 16, 2019