CHENNAI: It was another hot afternoon in Chennai and curious onlookers were puzzled to find a frail-looking crippled naked man crawling under the hot sun near Olympia Tech Park in Ekkatuthangal.
Thirty-year-old Abrar Mohammed had put everything to stake to safeguard his self-respect after his parents neglected him and considered him as a burden.
“I took the train from Uttar Pradesh after my parents neglected me due to my disability,” he mumbled in Hindi to P N Sundaresan, a social worker with Udavum Karangal, who had gone to rescue him.
Mohammed, who is crippled below the waist, made his way to Bangalore from the confines of his home in Uttar Pradesh. However, he refused to name his parents or his native place to Sundaresan, who found him with barely nothing to cover his body.
He was evasive to questions. He is suffering from withdrawal symptoms, said Sundaresan, who had kept Mohammed with 150 other people, many of whom he had rescued.
Life was not that easy for Mohammed as he was picked up by someone and forced to beg in the streets of Bangalore.
“I hated to beg. It was one day when I was forced to beg in the railway station that I escaped,” he revealed. He reached Chennai and from there he took a suburban train to Guindy.
He is an abnormal person. He did not take alms from people. He had lot of self respect, says Sundaresan, who spent a lot of time trying to reach out to Mohammed.
Sundaresan said that despite being thirsty and without a cloth under the sun, he refused alms and pity. “We are now administering care to him. A psychiatrist would be visiting him. He is refusing to divulge details about himself,” he said.