It's tough getting older, and it's especially difficult when you know you'll be alone on your 83rd birthday.
A woman in the locality of Wadala, Mumbai, would have experienced just this — if it weren't for a few authority figures who stepped in to prevent it.
After living by herself for 25 years, Lalita Subramanyam's three children weren't able to visit her on her special day.
"She said her children visit her few times a year but are unable to come frequently," senior police inspector B M Kakad told The Huffington Post. "She is like my mother. She was very happy with [sic] birthday celebration."
When the Mumbai police found out, they threw her a surprise birthday party, which stems from their outreach efforts to vulnerable citizens, BuzzFeed News reports. The police force even has a specific helpline for the elderly should they need assistance or just someone to talk to.
The police brought cake and flowers for Subramanyam to make the celebration complete.
Lalita ji,fondly called d 'mother' of Matunga PStn, turned 83. Retweet to wish her & V will convey ur message to her pic.twitter.com/ql09gZTIfi— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 2, 2017
@MumbaiPolice Wish her a very happy birthday! You are an inspiration to many others Mumbai Police!— Tara (@Tara_sharma89) January 3, 2017
Thank you @MumbaiPolice it was so nice to read this ☺— Lubna Kably (@lubnakTOI) January 3, 2017
@MumbaiPolice Happy Birthday to Lalita ji and Congratulations to Mumbai police. Feels good to read such stories.— KrishnaKumar (@KrishKumarM) January 3, 2017
@MumbaiPolice congratulations to her and best wishes for long & healthy life. Also kudos to the police personnel as well...— Gavi Maker (@MakerGavi) January 3, 2017
The sweet story, it seems, serves as a beacon of hope in a somewhat dismal world.
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