An MBA, A US Greencard Holder Found Among Beggars In Hyderabad Before Ivanka Trump’s Visit

We’ve all seen rags to riches stories or riches to rags stories in films. But when something this surprising happens in real life, it really does shock you.

In Hyderabad, the city commissioner executed a forceful ban on begging ahead of GES 2017. But what was unearthed were shocking real-life tales.

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The story of 50-year-old, Ms. Farzona will really shock you. She was caught begging in Hyderabad but is qualified with an MBA and had worked as an accounts officer in London.

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She was held at Anand Ashram, a shelter for beggars that is run by the prisons department within the Cherlapalli Central Prison.

Telling the reason why the MBA graduate has taken to begging to earn her bread and butter, the ashram in charge, K. Arjun Rao told Deccan Chronicle the story of Ms. Farzona, saying,

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“For the past two years, she has been facing hurdles in her life. She lost her husband and was staying with her son, an architect, and his family, in Anandbagh. She went to a godman seeking a remedy for the impediments she was facing in her job and personal life. He asked her to become a beggar to overturn her tashil (ill luck).”

When they spoke to her could converse in fluent English. She was left free from the ashram after her son signed and submitted an affidavit.

In another story, the 44-year-old, Ms. Rabiya Baseera has an equally unusual story. Circumstances have led the green card holder to beg at a dargah in Hyderabad. Mr. Rao narrated her story saying he had tears in his eyes when he heard it. He said,

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“She speaks fluent English and when she explained her story. She was well-settled and owned properties in the city. But a few of her relatives cheated her out of her wealth.”

After being caught begging some of her relatives came and handed a declaration that they would look after her. They took her along with them.

It’s terrifying to hear these real-life incidents where people have left their entire life on the word of a godman in order to improve their fate. Or where families themselves have cheated one of their own just for wealth. To what extent can we ignore the humanity within us just to earn a few extra bucks?