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Rounding the last defender, Raja Chinnaswamy looks up towards the iron frame of the goal in the lee of the white-washed wall of the orphanage behind.  Eight years ago, when he first arrived at the orphanage in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Raja had never seen a football. With his father too ill to work, Raja turned to begging.  Some of the other street children spotted him begging at the station. They told the gullible six-year-old they could get him a job and one for his father. Instead they took him to meet the boss of the local begging mafia, a man also called Chinnaswamy, behind a row of shops. The man threatened him and warned him against trying to escape. “He said I had to give him 100 rupees a day or he would kill my father,” Raja said. One day Raja failed to hit his target. His father was sick with a fever and the boy needed to care for him. “In the evening I went begging and went to see Chinnaswamy to give him the 50 rupees I had made. He tied me to a stove and hit me with an iron rod,” he said. Chinnaswamy had gathered the other children round to watch, to make sure that they learned the lesson. The rod was heated on the stove until it was red hot. Raja rolls down his sock to show the scars. There is another scar to the left of one eye from where he was burned with a cigarette. Read more at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/04/raja-chinnaswamy-india-football-star

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