"Genetics play a huge part in who we are. But we also have free will."- Aidan Quinn
Dressed in a police uniform, specifically stitched by the police for the occasion, Stevin Mathew, who is suffering from Down Syndrome (a genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing developmental and intellectual delays), was on cloud nine when police constables saluted him inside the station.
Stevin Mathew is a bright 19-year-old boy who had a longtime desire to be a policeman. To all those who believe that disorders leave people distressed, this kid is an inspiration to them. All one needs to understand is no matter what is missing in us, we are still perfect.
So, let's see how this 19-year-old boy became a police officer for a day and what he did when his dream came true.
Doctors identified that Stevin Mathew has Down syndrome early in life. But even though after being affected by such a genetic disorder, he never stopped looking forward to his dreams. One day, he told his parents that he wants to be a police officer.
Stevin is the son of Rajeev Mathew Thomas and Ciby Mathew, from Doha in Qatar. He is currently studying in a special school called HOPE Qatar which is run by his parents. Rajeev and his family were on a visit to the city from Doha, where his wife runs an NGO for differently-abled children.
His father wrote an e-mail to Chennai Police Commissioner...
Mr Mathew wrote an e-mail to the Chennai Police Commissioner, A.K. Vishwanathan. Soon, officers from the Ashok Nagar police station called Mr Mathew back, and they came to meet Stevin. "They took his measurements and even got a police uniform with two stars stitched for him," the happy father told The Hindu.
According to The Hindu, "He was fascinated by the police after watching his favourite stars Suresh Gopi, Vijay and others. He always wanted to become a police officer. So, I decided to write an e-mail to the Commissioner when we came to Chennai for a vacation," Stevin's father said.
Keep reading to see what happened when Stevin first entered the Ashok Nagar police station.
Stevin was overjoyed when he first entered the Ashok Nagar police station. "He took a few phone calls and used the walkie-talkie and other communication equipment," said a police officer associated with the Ashok Nagar police station.
It is fascinating that Stevin holds a Diploma in Computer Applications. His father believes that children like him can grow properly if given the right chances. "He has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he came to Qatar," confirmed his father to The Hindu.
For the police officers, this whole event was...
According to Commissioner, A.K. Vishwanathan, who initiated the programme, the whole event was set up to encourage Stevin.
After Stevin sat at the sub-inspector desk, he decided to get onto a Gypsy patrol vehicle and went for a ride around the city.
Before leaving the office...
The police officers also took selfies with him and distributed sweets.
"Stevin's eyes were gleaming when he sat in uniform on the sub-inspector's seat. He often watches movies and loves to see the heroes in police uniform. Stevin, in fact, tries to speak like their characters as police officers," Stevin's father added.
Read what Chennai Police Commissioner has to say on all this...
"We made a boy with Down syndrome an SI for an hour, I would like to put a smile on the face of every petitioner at a police station in the city," shared Chennai Police Commissioner.
"It is pertinent to parents who have special children and the society to know that children with disabilities have to be given an opportunity for them to achieve," Rajeev Thomas said in a conversation with Deccan Chronicle.
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