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“I think the less you have, the more it hurts when you lose it.”
Not all of you might agree with the statement above and some might not even sympathize with it. In today’s world, one’s actions are judged based on the global perspective of what is ideally categorized as right and wrong. While trying to prove a point, the 23-year-old Kiran Kumar stole jewellery with an approximate worth of $100,000. Then nearly 48 hours later, confessed and surrendered before the cops. What would drive a sane man mad enough to carry out the biggest robbery in recent times?
Kumar, studying to become a pilot, risked his future trying to bring about social change. Coming from a poor family, he stole to pay for his studies and get a corrective surgery done on his polio-stricken cousin, Anand. But then, he had a change of heart, instead of selling the gold and using the money on his education, his cousin’s surgery, and family’s expenses, Kumar chose to be an example of what India’s social injustice can do to a person.
“I am fed up with the way the system is functioning these days. Politicians are thieves who loot us for five years and I became a thief just for a night to show the world the growing inequality in the country,” Kumar, said.
Now, the poor only get poorer and the rich only get richer and crave not just wealth, but power, leaving the less fortunate to starve, increasing their bitterness, and despair. “If you are poor, no one cares about you. No one gave a damn about what I wanted to do in life,” said Kumar, who is responsible for four of his siblings and widowed mother. The only income he has is from the paltry money he earns as a mason.
Unable to afford a taxi, Kumar and his cousin walked home with the gold, weighing 15 kg. Initially, Kumar wanted to take the fall by himself and told the police that he didn’t have an accomplice, but when the CCTV showed otherwise, Kumar came clean and confirmed Anand’s involvement.
Ten units of the Hyderabad police were probing the country when Kumar turned himself in at a local television station. Typically, the primary suspects were expert thieves and after learning the truth, the police were left speechless. “We were desperate for money to fulfill our dreams,” Kumar explained, “I tried masonry, plumbing and electric wiring work, but only got poorer with every passing day.”
What will the verdict be for Kumar’s case? Will his story trigger the kind of change he desires? Only time can tell.
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