A 69-year-old man is living in his front lawn of his million-dollar mansion after his wife kicked him out. Sharafat Khan is technically a homeless man, but he is actually just a few feet away from his lavish home in Seabrook, Texas, after his wife, Shahnaz, kicked him out and changed the locks in the midst of a domestic dispute.
Sharafat has no access to their funds, and even though he owns half of the property, he was banned from using certain parts of it.
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Khan’s neighbors feel he is in serious danger. They claim that the wealthy man, who was once the company director of a family-owned business, is already frail and cannot walk properly. He sleeps on the front porch or in the backyard. During the day, he stays in the shade under the trees. He says that he and his wife have been fighting for six years, but it was only in the past year that he was thrown out.
Their neighbors have said that they have tried to help out and bring Khan some blankets, but apparently, his wife confiscates them. She even placed signs that warn people not to give him food or drinks.
Police have been at the residence 30 times, but they are unable to force his wife to let him stay inside. Shahnaz says the fight is over his desire to maintain relationships with family members that his wife wants to cut ties with. Shahnaz claims that she cannot divorce her husband because they are practicing Muslims who follow Sharia law.
For his part, Sharafat says the split is about money. He claims that his wife, who is a doctor, does not want to hand over half of her assets. He also cannot file for divorce because he has no money to hire a lawyer, but he wants his share of the estate.
Their neighbors want to help Sharafat. One neighbor, Laurel Stout, says, “He’s very frail, he can’t even walk. I’m afraid he is going to die out here in his yard.”
His neighbors want him to get help because “Allowing this to continue is not in the best interest of anyone.”
Adult Protective Services are involved in the case, but they can’t force Sharafat to seek help. In 2008, he was charged with assault after he allegedly hit his wife. An online database names Sharafat as director of the family company Kahn Investments LLC.