Breaking away from their kitchen and household duties, five Powai women have been volunteering to help overworked policemen and the homeless, the latter of which who have been worse hit by the Coronavirus crisis. Policemen, government and medical workers have been found to be inevitably contracting the disease in large numbers owing to the nature of their jobs that prevents them from staying indoors.
Sonal Makwana, Rohini Dethe, Deepa Nadar, Harsha Pawarand Sunita Lokhande have been out on the streets, giving food and attending to the needs of policemen, who have been continually deployed keeping people indoors and prevent crowding. Cops have also been helping medical teams in tracing suspected and confirmed patients’ contacts, enforcing home quarantine rules for those suspected of COVID 19 and sealing off areas where a suspect/confirmed patient resides.
The women distributed packaged food and refreshments to dozens of policemen deployed at the multiple checkpoints around Powai and Chandivali, besides distributing food amongst homeless people and even stray animals. Animals like stray dogs and cats too have been found to been deprived of scrap food and waste owing to the absolute halt in public, commercial and economic activity.
“Many people, homeless pavement dwellers, public servants and animals have been going unfed and hungry owing to the present pandemic of the Coronavirus. We believe everyone has a right to sleep on a full belly and no one should go hungry. Animals too, who we ourselves use for various jobs, too have become indirect victims of the lockdown and it is hypocritical of us to not feed them when they are need. These vulnerable sections die out of hunger, unattended on some street which is our failure as a society. The food distribution activity will continue in the future,” said the girls.
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