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A Hero in a White Coat with a Stethoscope treating hundreds of beggars, destitute and homeless on streets of Pune

Dr Abhijeet Sonawane, lovingly known as the ‘Doctor for Beggars’ was himself forced down to be on the road to survive himself. When we picture a successful medical practitioner in his forties, we see air-conditioned clinics and luxury apartments. No doubt for most of us the prime incentive of a medical career lies in its lucrativeness and reputability. Unlike many doctors who would cut the corners to squeeze out a profit for themselves, Dr Abhijeet Sonawane exhibits the virtue of selflessness by giving himself the title of “Doctor for Beggars.” And he wears it proudly to ward-off society’s judgment against him. Passing up the comforts that come with his profession, he is bringing his stethoscope to the disease-prone, sprawling streets of Pune city.

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