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After 6 months,tortured youth gets vision back

After a harrowing six months of life without eyesight,Rohit finally got his vision back and has been declared medically fit but awaits court orders to return home.

Written by SURBHI KHYATI | Lucknow |
December 28, 2009 1:13:42 am

After a harrowing six months of life without eyesight,Rohit finally got his vision back and has been declared medically fit but awaits court orders to return home.

The 15-year-old had lost his eyesight after being allegedly tortured by the Faizabad police.

Brought to Lucknow for treatment after the probe conducted by Ayodhya Circle Officer R K Pandey found five policemen guilty of the deed,Rohit was admitted in the Psychiatry Department of CSMMU in September.

Having been declared fit earlier this month,Rohit was recently shifted to the male ward from the children ward for some final checkup.

Dr Prabhat Sitholey,Child Psychiatrist of CSMMU,said: “He was diagnosed with psychiatric disorder which could have been due to various reasons including torture.”

“He is medically fit to be released now and I have already sent his medical reports to the court. Now,it is for the authorities to take the next step,” added Sitholey.

“Though I had forwarded all his medical documents to the Juvenile Justice Board,Faizabad in the first week of December,we are waiting for the Board to take the final call,” said Pandey.

“The board,however,meets twice a month and hence the formalities of his release have not been completed as yet,” added Pandey. “His bail is also pending and we are thinking about his rehabilitation after he is released from the hospital so that he does not engage in unlawful activities in future,” he said.

Glad to have got his vision back,Rohit is enthusiastic about making a new beginning and taking care of his family. Son of a poor washerman,Rohit has a younger sister and an aging father to look after.

“I can see now but at night my vision is hazy. I am learning tabla and harmonium here and I love singing. I know how to iron clothes. At least now I will be able to earn for my family,” said a cheerful Rohit,adding: “After the entire trauma I have faced,I will never engage in any wrong activities.”

Rohit was accused of stealing mobile phones from a shop in Ayodhya and running away to Mumbai with the money. He was called back by the police and tortured in Ayodhya.

Rohit had alleged that while in custody he was repeatedly hit on his legs,near his neck and even on his forehead.

“They had hanged me upside down and would beat me. While I was at the Faizabad Hospital and here at the medical college,I was given injections to make me stand up and walk,” he said.

He had also claimed that Sub-Inspector P P Pandey,who was among the five to be suspended,had threatened him to keep his mouth shut or else he would be beaten to death.

Following the court orders in August,he was initially brought to Lucknow for treatment and had already shuttled between Ophthalmology and Neurology departments of CSMMU. The doctors had declared his case to be that of “functional vision loss”,which means that the cause of the loss was not known.

The opthalmologists from SGPGI,however,declared it to be a case of “cortical vision loss” which might have been caused after being hit on the neck,lack of proper nutrition or hysteria. He was finally admitted in the children ward of Psychiatry Department of CSMMU. The step was taken after Faizabad SSP R K S Rathore ordered for lodging the FIR after suspending the erring policemen.

“When Rohit came here he was unable to walk and had a loss of vision. But hail and hearty now,he can see everything and plays badminton every evening,” said a staff nurse of the children’s ward.

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