Monika More, the 16-year-old commerce student who lost both her hands at Ghatkopar railway station on January 11, has taken to music and motivational books to divert her mind from the amputation. Her relatives and friends take turns to read to her to motivate her. However, there are times when she wakes up to realise that she has lost her hands.
“She breaks down when she wakes up with the thought of her amputation. But we are trying our best to help her recover,” said Vishwas Jadhav, Monika’s maternal uncle.
The news of Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge announcing an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for Monika brought a momentary relief to her family who said the total collection now stands at Rs 17.8 lakh. The family has to spend Rs 24 lakh to purchase artificial limbs besides the medical expenses. “We are glad that the Railways gave financial assistance to Monika. However, we hope that she gets a government job for a secured future,” said Jadhav.
“I had requested for a job but the minister said that will be dealt with later. Instead of the compensation of Rs 4 lakh, he has given Rs 5 lakh. But that does not make our lives any different,” said Ashok More, Monika’s father, who works at a private travel company in Kurla.