Blind graduate begs at Bawe Temple to fund his and sister’s education


Jammu and Kashmir News

Jammu, July 2 :  The curse of being blind was not misfortune enough for this young lad, that he had to fall prey to the menace of Unemployment. A graduate student, Ram Pratap Misra, is forced to beg outside a temple in order to continue his and his sister’s studies.


Ram is a first year student of MA (Hindi) and is well known to all the shopkeepers at the Kali Mata Temple at Bahu Fort. He completed his graduation from Sri Rambhadracharya Handicapped University in Uttar Pradesh and is pursuing his masters in Hindi from the same university.  He has been studying in Jammu for the past many years and goes to UP at the time of exams only.
Misra is a firm believer in Mata Vaishno Devi and has been visiting the shrine for the last ten years to pay obeisance.
Sightless from birth, Mirsa manages to earn up to Rs 20,000 per month by begging outside the Bawe Temple. After the death of his father, he started living in Jammu with his sister. Despite being a graduate, he had no options but to beg, so that he wouldn’t have to give up his studies.

On an average, he sends around Rs 10,000 to his sister back home in Balrampur district near Lucknow and the rest of the money, he saves in his saving account.  Misra doesn’t wish to continue on this path, however, he is waiting for his master’s to complete. He has also applied for various jobs and wishes to leave as soon as he finds a job. Ram Misra yearns to live a respectable life.

Last year, he applied for a job in Bank of Baroda, where he failed the typing test. Since then, he has been practicing typing whenever he goes home.

His Family and relatives are unaware of his pennilessness and the line of work that he has adopted in Jammu.

“My truth is a burden on my life! One day I will tell my family about it once I get a good job!”, he exclaims.