One of the child stars of Oscar-winning movie SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is now homeless - after his residence in the slums of Mumbai, India was torn down by authorities.
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, walked the red carpet in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards in February (09), but just three months later the youngster and his family have been left without a proper residence.
Ismail was reportedly asleep in his shanty town home on Thursday morning (13May09) when a police officer woke him up and told him to leave. More than 30 homes in the area were then demolished by Mumbai authorities.
The child star says, "A police officer took a bamboo stick to hit me and I was frightened."
While his mother, Shameem Ismail, adds, "They didn't give prior notice. We didn't even get a chance to take out our belongings. I don't know what I am going to do."
The youngster's family recently came under fire after the child's father, Ismail, was accused of beating his son in front of reporters. He was forced to apologise following the incident.
Indian authorities tear down homes in crowded city slums on a regular basis, evicting residents who the government claim have no legal right to occupy the land they are living on.