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Friday, July 22, 2005

Chinnaswamy


POOR FATHER SOLD CHILD FOR SURVIVAL

Torn between grim reality and filial love, a poverty-struck father in southern India sold his youngest child only to support his large family of six. Ponraj, who sold his fourteen-year old Chinnaswamy to a factory owner in western Gujarat state for 45 dollars and a handful of rice was pained to read his son's letters stating the long working hours, underfeeding and physical and mental torture his employer put him through. Unable to bear his son's condition,

Ponraj then paid the owner a huge amount to get him back. Ponraj said it was difficult for him to take care of all the children after his wife died of jaundice two years ago. Ponraj is now resigned to a life of penury but is happy to have his son back and relieve him of his agony.

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