7 hours ago by justice4mothers.
This is so terribly sad. From The Sun:
Go to The Sun’s website to see THESE shocking images show Oscar winning Slumdog actor Azharuddin Mohammed receiving a vicious beating at the hands of his father.
Only days after walking down the red carpet in Hollywood the ten-year-old film star was slapped and kicked by dad, Ismail, after refusing to be put on display like a trophy.
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One onlooker said: “It was like a scene out of Slumdog Millionaire.” The lad’s dad has since apologised for striking his son. “I was very sorry that I did what I did,” said the repentant father. “I was so confused and stressed by my son’s homecoming that I did not know myself for a minute. I love my boy and I am very happy to have him home.”
The ugly scenes, which lasted no more than 30 seconds, broke out at around midday today Indian time in the Dharavi slum in Bandra, Mumbai.
Azharuddin, who had been given a day off school, was tired after his long haul flight from LA and prolonged hero’s welcome amid a media scrum yesterday. And when he refused to be put on display outside his home this afternoon, his father lashed out, kicking and slapping him round the face.
His mother cried out for him to stop, but Ismail continued to dish out the physical punishment to the child-star. Azharuddin stood up to his dad, flaring the temper of the 45-year-old, who launched himself at the lad shamelessly. Azharuddin yelped out as he tried to evade the older man’s flailing hands and feet.
Star … cast on the red carpet
He dashed into the tent that makes up his family home, followed by his father, where the young Slumdog star tried to cower in the corner. Azharuddin grabbed his face in pain and then ran off to cry.
“Azharruddin’s father was upset that he was asking to be left alone because he was tired,” said one shocked onlooker. “He didn’t attend school today so that he could recover from his long flight from LA and simply wanted all the attention to stop. “However, when Azharuddin put his foot down and said that was it and there was to be no more talking, Ismail just flipped.
“It was like a scene out of Slumdog Millionaire.”
Talking only moments before his father’s attack, Azharuddin spoke of his tiredness due to the long flight. “I do not want to speak today to any reporters,” he said.