Second Slumdog Kid's Home Torn Down

Ali's father beaten by police in demolition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2009 8:06 AM CDT
Second Slumdog Kid's Home Torn Down
Rubina Ali stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2009.    (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

The shanty home of another Slumdog Millionaire child star was torn down by Mumbai authorities today as they demolished part of a city slum where she lived. The stepmother of 9-year-old Rubina Ali, who portrayed a young Latika, the Oscar-winning film's heroine, said her husband was beaten by police who were supervising the demolition. She said he was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

"How can the police barge in anytime without giving us notice?" Munni Qureshi said as she wept, holding her forehead. Neighbors poured water over her to keep her cool as she sat in the scorching summer sun with Rubina. Last week, bulldozers demolished the home of fellow child star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail in a similar cleanup drive in a different part of the same slum. By Wednesday temporary homes had already sprung up in the area. His family tied blankets and sheets of blue and yellow tarp to a wooden frame to create a new shelter. (More film stories.)

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