A Texas couple is in the news for taking their marital spat to a whole new level. The husband has apparently set up camp on the front lawn, ever since his doctor wife kicked him out of their million dollar mansion in Taylor Lake Village, Seabrook. According to local police, Sharafat Khan, 69, has been living outdoors for the past six months!
As funny as the matter sounds, neighbors are pretty worried about him because he’s elderly and in poor health. “He’s wearing the same clothing, it’s dirty,” said Debbie Scoggins, who lives in the neighborhood. “He has no bathroom facilities, no shoes.”
“The weather is starting to get colder,” added Laurel Stout, who lives across the street. “He’s very frail, he can’t even walk. I’m afraid he’s going to die out here in his yard. It just seems the man is elderly and it seems inhumane to leave him stranded out there.”
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Khan is basically living the life of a homeless man, even though he legally owns half the mansion. He told the media that his wife took away his keys and had the locks changed after she kicked him out several months ago. His friends and family members have tried to convince him to move to a hotel, but he’s reluctant to leave the property and hopes that she’ll eventually change her mind. “My emotions are with this house,” he said.
The neighbors have tried to help him by bringing him blankets and warm clothes, but the wife apparently takes everything away. “She doesn’t want me to have any sort of comfort,” Khan said. She’s even put up signs all over the property warning people against helping or feeding him. “If you want to feed him, take him to your house,” one sign reads. “If you want to, you can keep him at your house. Thanks for your sympathy, but do not bring anything on this property.”
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So he spends the nights on the front porch wrapped in a sheet, and tries to find shade under the trees during the day. Last week, he was spotted eating saltine crackers and drinking warm water from a bottle.
The wife hasn’t made any comment so far, but according to Khan, they fought over his relationship with his family members. She wanted him to cut ties with them, but he refused. People close to the family have stated that she can’t divorce him because of their religious beliefs, but Khan said her motives are purely monetary. “She doesn’t want to hand over half her fortune,” he stated.
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The police say they’ve been summoned to the house at least 30 times in the past six months, but there’s nothing much they can do in this situation because the property belongs to the both of them. Adult Protective Services are involved too, but most of the case details haven’t been made public. News reports do state that Khan was accused of hitting his wife in an assault charge in 2008.
According to a report on KHOU.com, the wife finally got tired of years of verbal and physical abuse, which is why she kicked him out. She has asked for multiple restraining orders in the past and did receive a protective order in December 2014. But Khan hasn’t admitted anything, and insists on staying on the lawn because he wants to make her “realise whatever she is doing she’s doing bad.”
“People will know, the neighbors and everything else. People will ask her, put her down. Let her know what you’re doing to your husband,” Sharafat Khan added.