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He lost his wife and kids, then he lost his mind

  • Published at 01:08 am September 8th, 2019
Khabir Hawlader
Dadon Hawladar, spends his days shackled to his bed, after his mental health deteriorated Dhaka Tribune

Khabir Hawlader had two failed marriages, and then his brother ran away with his third wife

When a man's wife left him with their children with his younger brother, a shocking turn of events led to the deterioration of his mental health.

In Kalkini upazila's Jaygir village in Madaripur, Dadon Hawlader's wife Mokseda Begum fled with his younger brother, Khabir Hawlader, taking their son, and two daughters with them. Consequently, Dadon's psyche was scarred by the incident, and he lost his mind, forcing his parents to shackle him to his bed.

Khabir Hawlader had two failed marriages, and then his brother ran away with his third wife.  

Locals say Dadon was normal, quiet, and very hard working all his life. He used to work in the fields for landowners, worked in farms, and sometimes even sold pickles to support his family. 

Since the incident a year ago, Dadon has been spending his days bound to chains, put on by his own parents, as a way to protect himself, and others. He speaks in gibberish, suddenly wanders out from the house without wearing clothes, and he sometimes even attacks local villagers.

Dadon's mother Sufia Begum said: "We live in poverty, and cannot afford our daily expenses, how can we afford Dadon's treatment cost?  If the government can help us out, we would be grateful. I would like to draw the government's attention in this regard."

Lakshmipur Union Parishad Chairman Kazi Tofazzal Hossain said: "Dadon's story is a tragic one. I think with proper treatment he can get well, and I am prepared to provide assistance if necessary."

She ran away with her husband's younger brother, leaving him alone with their children, a shocking turn of events that led to the deterioration of his mental health.