Beaten by troops in October, mute and disabled boy dies

SRINAGAR: A physically challenged youth, who was allegedly beaten by government forces last year and whose financially humble family was struggling to meet his medical bills and their day-to-day expenses, succumbed on Sunday.
Ghulam Ahmad Kundoo, father of Mushtaq Ahmad, the injured youth, told Kashmir Reader that that his son died on Sunday late afternoon.
“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. Now he died,” said Ghulam Mohammad Kundoo.
Mushtaq, a resident 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 were busy taking care of Mushtaq.
Kundoo said that his son, who could not speak and had been diagnosed as 75-percent disabled, was bedridden since October and the family had to take care of him day and night.
“He could not move. We had to change his diapers also. We gave him medicines many times a day. If anyone moved away from him, he screamed,” 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 had said when Reader last spoke to him.