A team from the State Commission for Women on Thursday met owners of the famous Meenakshi Cinema Hall in Ranchi after the septuagenarian member of the family accused her sons and daughter-in-laws of ill-treating her.
The commission took suo moto cognizance of a viral video, in which 70-year-old Devi Meenaxi accused her three sons –Rohit Agarwal, Ravi Agarwal and Raju Agarwal- of misbehaving with her and asking her to leave the house.
“My sons and daughter-in-laws misbehave with me. They ask me to leave the house or die. How can I die until death calls me?” Meenakshi said in the viral video.
In parts of the video, shot at Tagore Hill, she is seen weeping and seeking help from outsiders.
Kalyani Sharan, Chairperson of the State Commission for Women, spoke to Meenakshi in a one-to-one interaction on Thursday and found out that the family was being indifferent towards her.
“She had released in her saree once and the family asked her to get it washed. Her sons do not give her even a penny to spend on her needs. Basically, despite having three sons, there is nobody to look after her,” said Sharan.
Later in the day she counseled the members of Meenakshi’s family and asked them to keep a 24x7 domestic help for the ailing, septuagenarian woman.
“We have asked the family to immediately keep a domestic help who would look after the elderly woman the entire day. She will give her medicines on time and ensure that she leads a healthy life,” said Sharan.
The commission has warned the family of legal consequences if the 70-year-old again complains about such treatment towards her.
Despite several attempts, members of the family could not be contacted for their remarks.
The viral video, sources said, was shot about a week ago after Meenakshi was allegedly forced to leave her house. Sources said that the National Commission for Women had directed the women’s panel in Jharkhand to intervene after the video reached its members in New Delhi.