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Elderly cancer patient shamed for not keeping up lawn

Katrina Lower Ninth Ward
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A 72-year-old cancer patient was shamed by a Michigan judge during his recent court appearance because his medical condition made him too weak to cut and weed his lawn.

Burhan Chowdhury, of Hamtramck, Michigan, appeared before Judge Alexis G. Krot on Monday after receiving a citation from code enforcement.

During the zoom call, Judge Krot showed a picture of Chowdhury’s yard and then began to berate him on it’s condition.

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Krot could be heard saying in the video. “If I could give you jail time on this, I would.”

Despite claiming that the reason his lawn appeared to be overgrown was because the chemo made him to weak to complete the work, the judge repeatedly told him that he should be ashamed of himself.

“Do you see that photo?” Krot asked. “That is shameful. Shameful. The neighbors should not have to look at that.”

Chowdhury’s son Shibbir Chowdhury, then appeared on the video and to clarify that the yard had since been cleaned up and that he would take care of the $100 fine the judge placed on the house hold.

He later told reporters that, his father was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and that he usually takes care of the yard because his dad is unable to do it himself.

The yard became overgrown, however, while Shibbir was out of the country in Bangladesh for three months.

“She was telling my father, a sick person, that he should go to jail. That’s ridiculous,” he told The Post. “You can’t give a 72-year-old person jail time for not cleaning an alley.”

“I was really shocked by it. I didn’t expect her to yell at us in this kind of a situation,” he added.

While the judge did not seem to be understand to the situation, the Chowdhury’s say they have gained support from the community:

“People understand that a situation like this can happen with someone who is old or sick,” Shibbir said.