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Social services fleeced and traumatised by social worker!
In 2011 a young British woman namely Narges K. Ashtari came to India. Since then she has raised over $250,000 for orphan and abandoned children. She has built two homes, one for 50 orphan girls and one for 20 blind children. Thousands of people have been introduced to a sustainable life through the many projects she has started.

Ashtari started her work at the age of 21 and she chose this path in life because she too was orphaned as a child. Since 2010, Narges named her charity Prishan Foundation after meeting a blind baby in an orphanage in Sri Lanka. She met Ramanjulu and his wife Jainy Abrahamin 2011 during her visit to Odisha. Then the plight of her social services started and Ramanjulu and Jainy made it horrible.

A 27-page FIR lodged by Narges at the Rayagada police station, in the industrial township of southern Odisha, has laid bare the nefarious activities being indulged in by a unscrupulous and ruthless couples i.e. Ramanjulu and his wife who belongs to an NGO namely, ASSIST.

Heart rending facts have come to light in the aforementioned FIR. It is indeed surprising that since 2011 no action whatsoever has been taken by anybody. Narges alleges that she has been left high and dry just because of the archaic laws prevalent in India vis-à-vis foreigners. If in 1000 days none has even got a whiff of these murky goings-on reveals the apathy, callousness and acquiescence of the denizens of Rayagada.

Both Ramanjulu and his wife, now in jail in Rayagada, are facing charges of 420, 341, 323, 324, 506 and 34 of the Indian penal code. Currently 4 lawyers are fighting their cases and Ramanjulu’s wife Jainy is trying desperately to get bail, claiming she has small children to take care off.

“This husband and wife told me that they were very poor and in need of urgent help. They asked me to build them an orphanage home. I spent 25-30 lacs to build them a home and 50 orphan children were placed in the home and every month since then, I have given Rs 50,000 for their support. They promised me that when I build the home, they will register my own charity here and give the home to me and my new charity. They did not do that. Instead, they claimed the home as an ASSIST home and denied me of any rights. The man, also registered my charity, Prishan Foundation, in his own name. Mr Ramanjulu told me because I was a foreigner I could not register a charity in India, and that he would register for me and later give me all the rights. He did not do that,” she added further,” said Narges in her complain.

They tricked and they scammed Narges, together. Once Ramanjulu and his wife have claimed over both the homes that Nargis built. They have claimed the charity (Prishan Foundation) as their own and they are trying to keep her silent by threatening to cancel her visa in India. Then Narges knew, it was all a game.

Narges alleges, “In 2012, I built another home for 20 blind children. Again, this man, gave me fraudulent documents claiming that the land/home will be mine. I spent 15-20 lacs and again, this man has denied me of any rights. For 3 years he blamed his wife for all matters. For 3 years his wife was trying to make me leave India and not work and she would daily abuse me. She cut me with a knife; publicly beat me and every day sent me abusive messages. Her husband, Mr Ramanjulu, told me not to file a case. He told me that if I file a case, nobody will help me and that I should be quiet because Rayagada was corrupt. He told me if I file a case, it would affect my work in Orissa. He told me that he was going to divorce his wife, and only after divorcing his wife he will take me to the police station to file a case against her. I was manipulated into being silent because I didn't understand my rights in India.”

Everyone knew that charity begins at home. But does this mean that the noble intentions of a young lady from overseas should beget her sufferings at the hands of a scheming duo, throwing all caution to the winds? If the purpose of an NGO, in any part of the globe, means service above self, then why do our so-called Indian philanthropists victimise a well-meaning young and resourceful British lady?

From this FIR it is evident that most, if not all people in NGOs in India give priority to self-aggrandizement of our much less fortunate brethren.

Espousing a charitable cause is good for society at large, but is self- defeating of the plight of the orphans, destitute and the blind is merely used to exploit them to the hilt.

They give magnanimously to improve the lot of disadvantaged children. Invariable, as this case reveals it are the people who manage these NGOs who live off the fact of the land by throwing crumbs and acquiring assets to lead luxurious lives on the funds from overseas not meant for them.

Despite legal checks and balances most of our NGO authorities have earned the dubious notoriety of possession expertise in diverting bulk of the funds to enrich themselves. The charitable intentions of magnanimous overseas benefactors are given an unceremonious burial and forgotten. The magnitude of the scam as revealed in the FIR can be mind boggling if only an impartial and clinically foolproof investigation is commenced as expeditiously as possible.

Now Narges has been waiting for justice and with bright hopes she is dreaming in Odisha that one day she will get her Prishan Foundation officially registered.


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