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Abandoned Indian gets medical help from a charity

Written by: Staff

Dubai, May 17 (UNI) An Indian abandoned by his sponsor has finally been admitted to a hospital after living in front of a temple in Bur Dubai for nearly a year.

Pochaiah, 26, who survived on the handouts of worshippers, was helped by an Indian charity after he contracted tuberculosis, news report said.

He says he came to Dubai to work as a labourer after paying Dhs 6,000 to an agent who took away his passport at the airport itself.

He survived by working as an illegal labourer, but his health soon began to deteriorate.

Unable to speak English or Arabic, he simply sat outside the temple, where he lived for months on food given by worshippers.

The Indian Community Welfare Committee took Pochaiah to hospital, where he was diagnosed with TB.

''I just want to get back to India and see my family,'' said Pochaiah, who is married and has a young daughter.


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