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Man lives in yard of suburban mansion after wife kicks him out

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     Oct 9, 2015 in Odd News
Houston - Sharafat Khan camps out on the lawn of his million-dollar mansion in the suburb of Lakeview, near Houston, Texas. Stories vary as to the reason, but the situation elicits concern from neighbors.
Khan, 69, is the co-owner of a million-dollar home along with his wife, Dr. Shahnaz Khan.
About six months ago, the wife kicked Khan out of the home.
According to the husband, the ban was based on an isolated dispute.
After kicking him out, Shahnaz Khan changed the locks. She also asked police to remove Sharafat Khan from the property.
Legally, officials can't comply, because Sharafat Khan owns the home too. There isn't a law that keeps a person from sleeping in his own yard either.
Neighbors say Khan sleeps on the front lawn and remains dirty and unkempt. He is in poor health and says he suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.
Laurel Stout , who lives across the street, said, "The weather is starting to get colder. He's very frail, he can't even walk. I'm afraid he is going to die out here in his yard."
Others bring him sheets, pillows, food and water. Wife Shahnaz Khan, 61, placed a sign on the front door requesting that people not feed him. It reads in part: If you want to feed him, take him to your house. If you want to, you can keep him at your house. Thanks for your sympathy, but do not bring anything on this property.
It sounds like cruel and unusual punishment, but there is a back story.
Lakeview police report many disputes that brought them to the property at least 30 times in the last six months.
Zain Khan, the 30-year-old son of the couple, said his father has a history of domestic violence. The son wrote, My dad has abused my mom, emotionally as well as physically. He hit my mom many times as recently as a few years ago was in jail for domestic violence.
According to Harris County Criminal Court records, Sharafat Khan was arrested for domestic violence in 2008. His wife received a protective order in Dec. 2014 and filed for divorce in June. A final judgment has not been signed.
Per the Washington Post, Sharafat Khan responded when asked what he hopes to accomplish by living in his yard. Regarding his wife he said he wants her "to realize 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."
Adult Protective Services said it cannot force anyone to accept help. Sharafat Khan has also refused aid from family members.
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