Intellectually disabled boy caged for years

- Ghanshyam Gautam, GULMI

May 3, 2014-

A 16-year-old intellectually disabled teenager, Ran Bahadur Thapa of Urleni-9 in Dubichaur has been confined to a cage for the past one decade.

His family members said they could not provide treatment to the boy due to financial constraints and that they were forced to cage Thapa because of concerns that he might get hurt after he started running after vehicles along the busy Tamghas-Ridi road near their house.

“He cannot communicate in a proper manner and his legs are weak,” said the boy’s 70-year-old mother Motikala. A daily wage worker, Motikala said she is compelled to lock him up for his own safety as she has to go to work in order to eke out a living. She said they are forced to sleep with a hungry stomach on days when she is out of work. Locals said Thapa was born normal and his mental health started degrading in lack of proper medical assistance as he grew up.

Thapa is the youngest son of Motikala and he has two elder brothers and a sister. However, his brothers and sister have been living separately after getting married.

“Their misery is beyond the imagination of a common man,” local teacher Tara Basnet said, adding that it would be a huge relief for Motikala if an individual or organisation provided some assistance.

Published: 04-05-2014 09:56

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