Jammu and Kashmir News
“My father had an affair with my Sister-in-law. When I protested, I was thrown out of my own house.”- R.P.Singh
R.P. Singh has been fighting hard from the day of his birth. Homeless and jobless from years, he has been struggling for his survival in this city, since 2006. He currently runs an open phone booth which has been shut down many a time a before, is blind by birth, lives away from his family for the sake of money and still has a wee hope that the government will soon pay some heed to his neglected appeals.
Ravinder Pratap Singh, aka Soordas(as the nearby people call him) was born in a small village in Faizabad District and has been living homelessly from over three decades. His father kicked him out of the house after Singh got to know about the illegitimate love affair between his father and his sister-in-law. Ravinder has two sisters and two brothers- none of whom fought for him or even supported him a bit. Ravinder vehemently protested against his father but nothing seemed to be working in his favour. The whole family except his brother-who was still unaware of the unlikely relationship between his father and his wife- conspired and threw him out of his house. From over 25 years this poor, old, blind man is struggling for a job and a home.
In 2006, he came to visit the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi Jammu and decided not to return. Being blind, his prospects of getting a job were already narrow, so he kept trying but even months’ struggle fetched him nothing. That is when he decided to meet the SSP Railway, Shiv Kumar Sharma and other Railway officials for help. He requested them to arrange some work and the SSP arranged an open telephone booth for him outside the Railway Station. He has been working at the same place from the past four years now.
In 2012, he filed a case against his father in a local police station but no output came as his father persistently refused to appear in the court. No legal action was taken against his absence and Ravinder was back to square one with no share in his father’s property despite his regular appeals. He even wrote letters to DM Faizabad, SSP Faizabad, Home Minister of India, Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh, President of India, Human Rights and Prime Minister Narendra Modi but none of the authorities have shown any concern till date.
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