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Mangalore: He overcame drug addiction to reunite with family...

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (VM)

Mangalore, Feb 18: Even as concerns are raised over the menace of drug addiction haunting the city, especially in the wake of the suicide of a young girl last month, here is a heart-warming story of a youngster who got addicted to drugs but managed to overcome it after years of struggle.

“I have found my lost brother and I am seeing him after six years. Our family had thought he had died and had no hopes of getting him back,” said an emotional Nabin Chatri, brother of the reformed man.


Deepak's transformation


Deepak with his brother Nabin and Joseph of Snehalaya

In a nutshell, Deepak Chatri, an Assamese, was addicted to narcotics and left his hometown years ago. He started wandering from place to place before finally reaching the city and getting rehabilitated by the city-based Snehalaya Charitable Trust. After he got a new lease of life, he was sent to his native place.

Deepak has two brothers and a sister. As his father was working for the forest department, he was well-provided for in terms of education and food. Deepak was addicted to narcotic substances like correction fluids, gum, and others since class 4 which increased in intensity as he grew up.

Deepak also had a craze for guitar and was a talented musician. “He used to often go out with his friends for parties where he used to take drugs,” said his brother Nabin Chatri who was in the city recently to receive his brother.

Deepak’s addiction to drugs got so bad that he left his house six years ago and finally reached Mangalore three years ago and was found by Joseph, head of Snehalaya near Marnemikatta. Deepak was seen near a shop at Marnemikatta with torn clothes, long beard, and unkempt hair. He used to buy 4 to 5 gum tubes a day from the shop. Looking at his condition, the locals called Joseph who admitted him to Yenepoya hospital in Deralakatte.

Six years of treatment and counselling completely transformed Deepak. It was then that Joseph of Snehalaya, with the help of Google maps, located his place and contacted his family members. Joseph says that Deepak is fully out of drug addiction.

The reunion of the brothers was a heart-touching moment. Amidst smiles and tears of joy, Deepak agreed to go back home with his brother and start his life all over again.

Deepak, on seeing his brother, said that he would never get into drugs again. “Any work I get, I will do it sincerely and live happy with my family,” he said.

 


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  • Sheela, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 22 2013

    Congrats joseph It is indeed great that u have saved a young soul from drug abuse n eventually death and reunited him with his family. It's not a easy task and you have achieved it. God bless you n your family. I hv seen the good work done by you n your team .All the best

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  • jaya, doha-udupi

    Fri, Feb 22 2013

    First of all i want give my thank to daiji team bcz they published heart touching news...i lost my brother in this regards...also heartly giving thanks to Mr. joseph... May b god send him to help the poor people.. like Deepak... God given birth for him but Mr. Joseph given one new life for him...Mr. Deepak never forget him in your life he is second God for you..even more than your family..and there is one good future for you... use it ... never think back ... past is past... God bless u dear...

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  • Leslin, Surathkal, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 20 2013

    Joseph is truly doing God's noble work.. something that is very difficult for people like us to take the time or trouble to do. Hats off to him and may God always bless him and his family.

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  • susheela Rodrigues, Mangalore/Rome

    Tue, Feb 19 2013

    I have visited this place "SNEHALAYA". To see so many youngsters and even adults to have been addicted to various bad habits, it is heart breaking. This is a nice centre, where there is so much rehabilitation. Joseph is not only the person behind this there are many other silent workers as well, so give a lot of their time and support to Snehalaya. Congragulations Joseph and all your team, we are proud of you. God Bless

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  • SAHIL, DUBAI

    Tue, Feb 19 2013

    Almighty GOD divided everything equally, more or less and allowed in this world Good peoples to carry out the good work Just we can pray with God that allow me the single chance in my whole life period to carry out the one remarkable work.
    Thanks Mr. Joseph & Appreciated your Great Work I can Say Indeed Remarkable Work.

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  • Sunil D'Souza, Mumbai\Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 19 2013

    These substances like rubber gums , paints , correciton fluids (white ink as it is known), board markers etc. contain aromatic benzene compounds which can be extremely addictive

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  • Vincent, Kumble/Bangalore

    Tue, Feb 19 2013

    Joseph, Good work. God Bless U.. Deepak... wish you a very happy life. Forget everything...and start a new life.... all the best

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  • fraki, mangalore assaigli

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Good Job Mr. Joseph, God Bless U. mr joseph

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  • Prashanth, Manipal - Bahrain

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Wish all those groups of youngsters, who just hold press conferences against drug menace, get out and do something worthwhile like this, if not independently, at least assist institutions like Snehalaya in achieving their objectives.

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  • indiantrue, blore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Well done Mr. Joseph. India needs such type of people and institutions. Let the BD learn how to transform the society. Are they still feeling jealous and attack to spoil the names of the young people?

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  • Peter Pereira, Pune

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    One person worked hard for years and saved a strangers. An organization could not save our own girl and waited till she committs suicide. Illiterate, filthy, jobless & lazy.Fit for nothing and shamelessly calling press conferences.

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  • Francis, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    God Bless you Mr. Joseph for saving one precious soul from the hell. God Bless Deepak for your future.

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  • YATHISH KUMAR, ATTAVAR/ DUBAI

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Good job Sir Mr. JOSEPH for giving a new life to DEEPAK.DEEPAK why do you think of going back to ASSAM instead you can join hands with Joseph by helping him in his job being a role model for the other inmates who really need you.

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  • Cynthia Goveas, Sharjah

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Dear readers, please pray for all bad kinds of addictions. thru our prayers they can be touched by angels like joseph and live a good and holy life. may god bless you joseph and deepak.oh lord be with them always.

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  • Ali Mangalore, Riyadh,

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Great Job Joseph. Well done God bless you. Why can't our so many youths are in Mangalore follow Joseph rather than following students in the parlour, bus stand etc. and creating communal tensions. There are so many organizations run by Christians in Mangalore to help in many ways needy peoples regardless of caste and community. In return what our Mangaloreans are giving them - thank you note ? no : church attack, break the statue of Jesus, lathi charge, goondasm .....
    Where we Mangaloren are standing????

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  • Preethi,

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Hats off to Mr. Joseph who took efforts to search address through Google to reunite this man to his family. Though its not easy but you did it.
    Wishing Happy and Drug Free Independent Life to Mr. Deepak Chatri.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Good work Mr. Joseph of Snehalaya.

    You did more than what the drug addicts PARENTS couldn't do to their son, and saved the brother!

    You are doer of the word of God. viz. scriptures quote what ever you do to the least of my brothers/sisters, that you do unto me.

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar-Sharjah

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Great Job Mr.Joseph. May God bless you in abundance.

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  • Peter Pereira, Pune

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    You have saved his life by freeing him from the clutches of drugs Mr. Joseph. Salute you. You made our community proud with your selfless service to others as many are doing and gone unnoticed. But reward for such people from above is indeed great.

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  • Wilfred Crasta, Bela/Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Joseph is my parishnor and I am really proud of him. Last time there was an article on Daijiworld about him. I asked him then, does it bring any extra donation. He said, “No, the publicity brought only extra inmates” to his ASHRAM.
    This guy is not working for any remuneration. We cannot do this work of cleaning a begger from his dirt. But we can help him. He needs grocery items and other things to feed many mouths at Snehalaya. He says God always provide food for inmates of Snehalaya.
    I think, in the season of lent, its better to donate to Snehalaya rather than donating for construction church and school buildings. He always happy to receive grocery items like rice, sugar etc..



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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    You are right Lydia Lobo, Kadri.. They are busy in searching records of Joseph. Once they get They might come and comment.. wait and see..

    There are some people in this world who cannot pass positive comments for good things done.. They always look for wrong things in good work..Jai Ho!!

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  • Capt walters, Mangalore / Panno Italia

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    I salute you Mr. Joseph.
    Daijiworld, one request - kindly send me Mr.Josephs tel/mobile number.
    I want to help some people.
    Have a good day all of you.

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  • Kudva, karkala

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Hats off ..Governament & public should honor this guy, instead of honoring politicians, celebrities.

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  • M.F.Crasta, Vittal/Ashoknagar

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Congratulations Mr. Joseph for your great work done to mankind and pray god's blessings for your work.

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Deed speaks louder than words. Great selfless service Joseph sir, God bless!

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  • Lloyd, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Greeting Mr. Joseph ,
    really you have done good job ,always our support and prayer will be with you . good luck.

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  • B.A.NAINAR, Bendoor well kankanadi. Mangalore-2

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    what a great job Mr,joeph well done done keep it up, try to more this help,Go bless you and all.....

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  • Anthony Quadras, Mangalore-Doha Qatar

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Great job Mr Joseph.Its really heart touching news.We pray to God give you all happiness in your life and we wish you bright future also to your Snehalaya.

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  • Gopal, Hyderabad

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Great work Mr.Joseph. Ture mark of an Hero and Service. Wish you Good luck from bottom of my heart.

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  • Nagesh Kamath, Karkala

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Great job. Well done, Mr. Joesph. We pray God to give you all the happiness in life for your selfless and noble services to humanity while transforming them into kind human being. Kudos' to your Goodself and to your Snehalaya.

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  • Flavia Baptist, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Hats of you Mr. Joseph. You have proved to be a Good Samritan. Keep It up.
    Wish you all the Best Deepak. We wish you Bright future. Pray daily and keep trust in your God.

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  • prakash pinto, bondel/mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    good job mr joseph keep doing your good work

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  • Karthik, shakthinagar

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    its realy heart touching news i thanks to mr.joseph for ur kind support.god bless u sir

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    I am happy for Deepak.

    I wonder where are the pseudo culture gurus ! Wonder whether they are checking the records if Joseph converted Deepak during his six year confinement !

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  • Shanthi, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    May God Bless you and keep you in good health for your good work and your Snehalaya shine like star in Jesus name forever.

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  • T S Thomas, Colombo

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Great Job, Joseph. We can very well see the quality of treatment he received from you and your team from Deepak's smiling and graceful face. Congrats. keep doing your good work.

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  • Charles Mendonca, Manipal/Jeddah

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Good work Mr Joseph. God Bless you.

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  • John Ashok Veiges, Bajpe, Korkambla

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Nice to see some great human being in Mangalore, Great job Joseph,May god bless u , I will tell My papa to make some donation for your charity , good work i really like it, wanna see u when i m back home.
    John Ashok Vieges
    Bajpe , Korkambla

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  • haniel, dubai/manipa

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    *soft bow* to Mr. Joseph, keep going sir.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Good Job Mr. Joseph, God Bless U.

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  • flavy, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    U have done good job Mr. Joseph and u gave new life to Deepak, god bless u

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  • John, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 18 2013

    Nothing is lost till the last try. Good Work by Mr.Joseph,of Snehalaya. Deepak all the best you can become a lesson to all those who give up easily.

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