One of India’s candidates for president is a dead person

One of India’s candidates for president is a dead person

Mumbai : India | Jun 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM PDT
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Choosing a life partner

Can a “dead person” run for president of his land of birth? In India, a cook already considered dead 9 years ago is running for president in the polls next month.

Here’s his story.

Santosh Kumar Singh, 32, left his place in 2000 for work in Mumbai. 3 years after, he returned with his beloved wife to present her to his relatives, but they drive him away instead calling him a disgrace, he said. They have succeeded in filing my death certificate and even held funeral ceremonies to prove that I was dead, he added.

Santosh further said his 12.1 acres of land had been landgrabbed with police assistance by some of his kins. Police has kind of attacked me saying you’re dead on official papers, leave this place or genuine death will happen to you.

Santosh last year filed a case with the proper court to declare null and void his death certificate but was dismissed. His mother-in-law has been blamed for consenting marriage of her daughter to a “dead person”.

He has written his case to their prime minister to no avail. And now he filed his candidacy for president with only one prayer, not to win, but to prove he’s alive as a human being in flesh and blood. And in desperation, he said that if the government cannot declare him alive, then kill him with a real death papers issued.

The root cause of Santosh misfortune is a quarrel between him and his high caste relatives over his marrying a Dalit woman which is not of their liking. His relatives have succeeded in venting their anger on this hapless cook to the extent of declaring him dead for 9 years

Give Santosh the full liberty to choose, live and love his life partner. Help discard his death certificate to the bin trash because he’s still alive and kicking. Reverse the situation and put yourself in his place. What will you feel?

Source: ‘Dead man” runs for presidency in India, by Dean Nelson, June 22, 2012

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Odd candidate
Santosh Kumar Singh, 32, a cook by profession , is an odd candidate for president of India's polls next month. His ultimate aim is not to win the post but to awaken power-that-be that he's very much alive and kicking and government to declare him so because by illicit workings of his high caste relatives who disapproved of his taking a Dalit woman declared him dead legally through a death certificate. (Photo credit CORBIS)
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