A true sad story this : On our trip to #Corbett last month, we got water-locked and were whiling away our time. As we strolled along the road, we came across this old lady sitting on cemented bench. She was crying and wasn't talking or responding to anyone. Few village folks were trying to talk to her. We tried too but she was silent and kept crying. One of the villagers told us that she had been beaten black and blue because she was hungry and had tried to steal few samosas (potato dumpling). She had come from another village and hadnt eaten. The villagers caught her stealing and beat her up badly.
We couldn't make her talk even after lot of persuasion. Some of us went to buy the same samosas for her while rest waited with her to ensure she did not jump in water. She had the samosas and continued crying. Another villager told us that she and few other women were 'abandoned' women and had been wandering places with no place to call as their home. Their village didnt want them apparently.
We did what we could but the woman and her plight and thoughts about her future haunted us all way back 😞
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