The laundryman, whose annual income is less than Rs 50,000,did not keep the riches and instead, decided to give them away, reported TOI.
Ram Dulare (40) operates a laundry shop from rented premises at Kudus village in Bhiwandi gramin, around 100 km from Mumbai. A native of Uttar Pradesh, he has been staying in Kudus for five years and earns only Rs 4,000-5,000, out of which most of it goes in paying rent for his shop, in which he also lives.
Dulare told TOI, "Shushila Bhoir, a regular customer, had deposited some clothes, and when I took them for ironing in the evening, I found nearly 14 tolas of gold with them." He went himself to Shushila's residence in the area and asked her if she had kept anything in the saris given to him. Unaware about the gold, Shushila denied having given him anything but the clothes.
Dulare said that he then showed her the jewellery and asked if it belonged to her. "Shushila got a shock on seeing the jewellery, and asked me where I had got it from. When I explained that I had found it with the saris, she recalled that a few months back she had kept all her ornaments from the house locker with them, and without checking had given hem for ironing," Dulare said.
"I am happy with my monthly earning, whatever I get from doing my work. If I would have stolen it, I would have cheated my customer, and I would have never been happy with it," said an emotional Dulare.
Shushila was happy on seeing Dulare's honesty and informed her family about the incident. Kudus villagers and those from neighbouring villages also appreciated Dulare act. Praful Patil, from a neighbouring village, said, "Dulare's act is appreciable and it shows honesty still exists in society."