Guy Born in Jail Bails Out His Mom, 19 Years Later
Indian man saves enough money to hire a lawyer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 2:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Vijai Kumari was pregnant when she went to jail in India 19 years ago, convicted—she says wrongfully—of murder. Her son Kanhaiya was born after she'd been imprisoned four months, and she eventually sent him away to be raised in various juvenile homes, she says: "It was hard but I was determined. Prison is no place for a young child." Kanhaiya faithfully visited his mother every three months, and when he turned 18, he hatched a plan to get her out, the BBC reports.

Kumari had been granted bail on appeal in 1994, reports the Daily Mail, but didn't have the $180 she needed, and she ended up lost in the system. "My father [Kumari's husband] turned his back on her," Kanhaiya says. So he got a job at a garment factory and saved enough money to hire a lawyer, who took the case and got Kumari freed earlier this month. Judges were shocked to hear how long she had languished in prison, forgotten, and ordered a sweep of all jails in the state to look for others in similar situations.

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May 27, 2013 11:18 PM CDT
I guess judicial systems are same everywhere, they don't care if you guilty or not. What happened to the innocent part, this world makes me more sick day by day.
May 27, 2013 5:42 PM CDT
That is a sad, but uplifting story
May 27, 2013 3:18 PM CDT
In America, there are similarities. If you are deemed unfit to manage your affairs, and have none to do it for you, a court appointed guardian may be assigned to you. These people make good money managing you and your money. And they have allies in the system, like those who make money running quasi-group homes. I have personally seen cases of people were trapped in the social service system by their guardians and others making money off of them. One man in particular had been in the system all of his life because he had been diagnoses with fetal alcohol syndrome. Nothing wrong with him except he was pretty geeky and naive as far as I could tell. But early on, someone wrote some shit on him being a chronic liar when he was a kid in foster care. And it was amazing how he was ignored, patronized, and routinely victimized by a system that did not LISTEN to him at all; for instance, he was routinely being groped at night by one of his very large boarding house roommates, but no one cared enough to check it out---because he had been called a liar when he was 12 years old!!! It took me and several other case workers (at his day program) about 5 years to wrest him from the system and get him employed and in an apartment----his guardian was sure angry!!! As far as I was concerned, the boarding home people and his primary caseworker should have gone to jail---fat chance of that happening. Today he has maintained his own apartment and a steady job for over 20 years, and loves living alone, after spending his whole life in the "system". I shudder to think how many other people are stuck in the social service system, because no one cares enough to make some waves.