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We All Shared Kamlesh's Memes, But Do You Know His Story?

Do you remember the video of a mother slapping her little child that surfaced on the internet months back? Well, videos like this are a proof that at times Indian media turns the most critical issues into something funny. And even we overlook the fact that though we are taking things in an amusing manner, it doesn't generally imply that it is entertaining. For the kid video, despite the fact that the video accumulated a ton of considerations, just a couple of individuals saw the dark side of the video. And now, a new trend on the internet is 'Kamlesh'. I am sure you all must have seen the video of this 13-year-old drug addict whose replies created numerous memes. But only a few people know the truth behind the video, and that is what I have in store for you all today. Before hopping to the disclosures, let's see a portion of the most noticeably heart-breaking parts of the video.

Kamlesh, a 13-year-old boy who ran from his home (Bhopal) is a ragpicker.

Kamlesh earns 100-125 Rupees every day, out of which he spends 90 bucks on buying the solution. 

For him, nothing is more important than the solution.

When asked what he desires to be in life, he replied that all he wants is to do rag-picking, drink alcohol, take his solution and play. 

He gets sick if he doesn't take his solution.

Kamlesh is so much addicted to the solution that if he doesn't take it for days, he gets sick and even suffers blood vomits. This is a story of a 13-year-old who says he doesn't want to go back home because then his mother won't allow him to take the solution.

Did you know this video is actually a part of a documentary? 

Only a few people know that this video clip is from the documentary 'Nashebaaz' the dying people of Delhi. This documentary even has 8.5 IMDB rating. 

"Our society has become so insensitive," says the director of the documentary.

"Being a director and being a social worker, it is very disheartening to see such memes. It was also very shocking that our society has become so insensitive that it is making fun of a 13-year-old boy who, due to some unfortunate circumstances, has become a prey of drug abuse and is homeless and leads a pitiful life," says the Director of the documentary, Dheeraj Sharma. 

Kamlesh is not a joke!

A documentary that was actually to spread light on the conditions of poignant, painful, and in-depth life of the roadside drug abusers of Delhi, who are also considered as dangerous, untouchables, and menace to the society actually came on the media as a joke. 

Here is the full video!

And this is how an eye-opening message somewhere got hidden in those memes and jokes we spread. Do you think this is a right act by our Indian media? Do share your views with us in the comment section.