Divorce Leaves Texas Man Living on Front Yard of His Million-Dollar Mansion
Police say there's nothing they can do, since Sharafat Khan and his wife co-own the property
Sharafat Khan wakes up every morning on the front yard of his Lakeview, Texas, home, where he hasn’t been welcome – inside, at least – since March.
“I’m really weak, but otherwise okay,” he told KHOU 11 News recently. Khan, 69, was kicked out of his home in March after the latest in a long line of disputes with his wife, but has refused to vacate the property or find other lodgings.
His wife, for her part, has tried to discourage people from bringing him food or taking care of him. A sign on the front door reads, “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.” Neighbors ignore it and continue to bring him food.
“It just seems the man is elderly and it seems inhumane to leave him stranded out there,” neighbor Laurel Stout told KHOU 11.
The problems between Khan and his wife run deep. Police report that arguments have summoned them to the million-dollar property up to 30 times in the past six months. After the last one, Khan’s wife kicked him out with nothing but his clothes and changed the locks. She also asked police to remove him from the property, but with the house in both their names, they can’t force him to leave his own yard.
“My emotions are with this house. I could live on the floor over there, he said, admitting he’s been offered shelter from others and has the resources to stay in a hotel. “But I’m on my own property.
Khan’s appearance – when interviewed for KHOU’s story, he was still wearing hospital-issued garb from a recent stay – has led some to question his mental health. (He admits to diabetes and blood pressure issues.)
One of Khan’s sons informed KHOU of a history of mental and physical abuse on Khan’s part, as well as allegations of theft. He was arrested for domestic violence in 2008, and court records show that she received a protective order in December 2014 before filing for a divorce in June. She has also asked for multiple restraining orders, but a final judgement has not yet been signed. (Attempts to reach Khan’s wife were unsuccessful.)
Asked what he wants to accomplish with his campaign, Khan answers, “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.