Karnataka: Woman pawns thaali to buy TV for kids’ lessons | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI: Videos of a woman pawning her thaali to buy a television set for her children to access school lessons have gone viral, reviving the debate on accessibility of online and screen lessons. Help poured in for the family from Nargund taluk of Gadag while the pawnbroker returned the thaali.
Kasturi Chalwadi of Radder Naganur village said her children were missing out on lessons and were upset at being left behind in class. Her daughter is in Class 8 and son in Class 7. “My children were finding it difficult to attend regular classes in the absence of a TV set. They used to go to our neighbour’s home to watch TV but did not get to watch lessons all the time,” she said. After the class broadcast on Chandana channel, teachers would call the children and question them on the specific chapter to assess their comprehension.

Pawnbroker too returns thaali as help pours in
Kasturi said earlier this week, she got Rs 20,000 from a local pawnbroker and bought a 32-inch television set by paying Rs 16,000. “My husband Muttappa is a dailywage worker and I too join him sometimes to make ends meet. We are in deep financial crisis due to the lockdown and I had no other option,” she said.
As the videos put up by a local went viral, former CM HD Kumaraswamy joined cause with Kasturi. “My eyes became wet after watching the ordeal of Kasturi who pawned her mangalsutra to buy a TV to facilitate her children’s online education. The government and society should take steps to prevent such incidents in the future,” he tweeted on Friday.
As the news spread, many politicians assured help and the pawnbroker returned the mangalsutra, saying Kasturi could pay him back at her convenience. “I am happy that many people came forward to help us in these difficult times and ensure that my children continue to study,” Kasturi said.


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