Kind Policeman Wins Hearts for Adopting a Special Needs Child

Not all heroes wear capes.

Just when you think that our faith in the police is mistaken, they come up with something to redeem themselves. A policeman in Abbottabad showed us there’s more than one way to be a real hero, more than just being a crime-fighting type.

A sub-inspector in Abbottabad adopted a young special needs child. The boy had been abandoned by his parents at the Ayub Medical Complex, Abbottabad.


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When the child’s own parents were cruel enough to do such a thing, you lose hope in humanity itself. Special needs children might be physically or mentally challenged, but we forget they are also sensitive, intelligent, and process things like the rest of us.

That’s when a policeman stepped in to demonstrate exemplary kindness. In Pakistan, people who usually want to adopt a child opt for infants and toddlers. Some withhold the fact the child is adopted, even from the child.

Despite the country’s out of control birth rate and a crumbling economy, adoption is never considered an option but the last resort. Yet this sub-inspector took home this mentally and physically challenged child, and pledged to give him a bright future.

The kind policeman adopted the child and is devoted to taking care of him for the rest of his life. People on social media are gushing over the sub-inspector, hailing him as a hero.

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Netizens did not have enough good things to say about the policeman for setting an example.

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People sent out prayers for the new family.

 


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Caring for special children

Many special children are either abandoned or left at orphanages. They are left either out of fear of the stigma of not producing a ‘perfect heir’ or the inability to afford treatment. There are many SOS schools around the country and many other organizations that offer free schooling for special needs children.

However, medical bills can still rack up quite a cost. If the state covered the cost it could encourage people to be the parent they should be to their special needs child. However, this wouldn’t fix the issue of Pakistani society’s lack of empathy towards anyone different including children.

Similarly, trans-children are mostly abandoned too due to fear of stigma and shame associated with having such a child.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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