“The size of his head is abnormally large,” the doctor told them. “The reason might be malnutrition during the mother’s pregnancy. We can bring it to a normal size after doing an operation. But we have to wait until he grows older.” He paused, then his voice changed to one filled with gravity, “It needs lots of money for the operation.”
Lack of Finances Initiates Move
Shortly before their son was brought into the world, Chatur decided he and his pregnant wife would move to the city to find better jobs. But like hundreds of other people, they couldn’t find good employment. Chatur and Sanjita eventually ended up doing manual labour on road-construction sites. This low-paying job failed to meet the needs of their family—and was not the best situation for an expectant mother.
The birth of Abhaya caused conflicting emotions to surface. While bearing a son brought honour and joy in their culture, their son’s condition only exasperated their already poverty-stricken lives.
Couple Sends Their Son to Beg
Every time they brought little Abhaya to the hospital, they heard the same weary words from the doctor: “It will take a lot of money.” Once Abhaya grew old enough, Chatur and Sanjita sent him to the streets to beg, hoping they would eventually receive enough for his operation. But after one month of begging, they had to use the money they had collected to meet other expenses.
Every time they brought little Abhaya to the hospital, they heard the same weary words from the doctor: “It will take a lot of money.”
One day, while Abhaya begged on the street, a local teacher named Rajat approached his parents and urged them to not use their son as a beggar and instead send him to school. He explained the importance of an education and how it could be a wonderful tool in Abhaya’s life. He also assured Chatur and Sanjita that he would help their son.
Abhaya, (pictured) had development issues since birth. Abhaya’s parents couldn’t afford his costly operation. They tried earning money by sending Abhaya to beg. This is when a local school teacher, Rajat, saw Abhaya and through his encouragement, Abhaya started school.