Family of disabled son beaten by troops in dire straits

Family of disabled son beaten by troops in dire straits

SRINAGAR: The financially humble family of a physically challenged youth who was allegedly beaten by government forces last year is struggling to meet his medical bills and their day-to-day expenses.
Mushtaq Ahmad, the injured youth of Soura’s Ganai Mohalla has three family members – his mother, father and brother. His brother had a job that earned him Rs 3,000 per month, and his father was a driver. Both of them have not gone to work for months because they are busy taking care of Mushtaq.
“Since the uprising began, I have not gone to work. In October, my son was beaten up by government forces. That made our situation even more difficult,” said Ghulam Mohammad Kundoo, Mushtaq’s father.
Kundoo said that his son, who cannot speak and has been diagnosed as 75-percent disabled, is bed-ridden since October and the family has to take care of him day and night.
“He cannot move. We have to change his diapers also. We give him medicines many times in a day. If anyone moves away from him, he screams,” Kundoo said.
After Mushtaq was beaten, Kundoo said, he was treated at three different hospitals. At first he was taken to SKIMS Bemina, from where he was shifted to Bone and Joint Hospital Srinagar, and from there to JLNM Hospital in Rainawari.
“After staying in these hospitals for more than a month, doctors told us that he cannot be treated further. The doctors told us to give him symptomatic treatment and to take care of him. We discussed his condition with them and realised that they could do nothing,” Kundoo said.
“Medical science has given up, but not his parents. I will do anything to make him live. Though he cannot talk, his heart beats; that is enough to make us happy,” the father said.
Kundoo said that by the time Mushtaq was discharged from hospital, the family was financially drained. He went to Soura police station to file an FIR for his son’s injury, not for punishing the culprits but to obtain proof of his injury.
“They refused, even after I completed all the formalities,” Kundoo said of the police. “I have now decided to move the court, but I have no money. I have also asked the district administration for help, but none has come yet. During the entire uprising I kept him locked at home. On the day he was injured, I was at my daughter’s house to see her. He slipped out of the house and met this tragic fate.  I wish he could have attained martyrdom instead of this state,” Kundoo said.

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