26 years on, tattoo reunites deaf-mute man with family | India News

LUCKY: This looks like it came straight out of a Manmohan Desai short, minus the shine and charm. A deaf-mute young man who got lost in a village market was reunited with his family after 26 years thanks to a tattoo on his hand. A happy ending, or rather a new beginning for Jilajit Singh Mauryaalso made by social media.
Born with hearing and speech impairments, Jilajit, the youngest son of a well-to-do farmer in Gothan village, Azamgarh, went missing on June 1, 1996. He was 35 years old then, said his grandson, Chandrashekhar Maurya (46 years old).
Jilajit’s distraught father, Sohan Maurya, and two older brothers begin to search for him. His mother passed away in 1991. “He’s not even as lucid as the others. My father and uncle visited the neighboring counties, but there was no trace of him. We visited pilgrimage sites, gave alms to the poor, performed rituals, but all in vain,” said Chandrashekhar.
Jilajit’s father passed away in 2011. The family gradually accepted the “loss”. Until Chandrashekhar one day received a Facebook A photo of a colleague’s tattooed hand.
At a barbershop in the Hatwa village of Raebareli, 260 kilometers west of Azamgarh, the village of pradhan Dilip Singh discovered an old man in a dire condition, unable to speak or hear. Clues to his whereabouts, a “godna” (tattoo that uses natural dyes) on his arm, featuring his name and address, have faded. But the words ‘Maurya’ and ‘Azamgarh’ were still readable.
Pradhan took him home, clicked on a picture of his tattooed arm and posted it on Facebook. It was shared by his acquaintances and then beyond, until Chandrashekhar’s colleague came across it by chance. “On December 13, a teacher sent me a photo of an elderly man with a faint tattoo on his arm, posted on Facebook by Shivendra Singh of Amethi,” he said.
Chandrashekhar sent a message to Shivendra, who turned out to be Dilip Singh’s son. “My father took him home, fed him and called the doctor. Then we started looking for his family members,” Shivendra told TOI.
After Jilajit’s brothers confirmed his identity, Chandrashekhar and his younger brother went to pradhan’s house on Tuesday and brought their uncle back. Jilajit is back nothing more than a festival for the family. His two brothers started dancing and distributing kheer to the villagers. No one will know the pain and trouble Jilajit has gone through all these years because he cannot communicate.


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