Mentally-ill man tied for seven yrs

- Tika Prasad Bhatta, Ramechhap
Mentally-ill man tied for seven yrs

Oct 29, 2014-

For many it might be near impossible to continuously lay flat on their backs without fidgeting in their sleep. But Ramsharan Kharel, 25, of Jyamitar, Pakarbas-4 has been doing so for the past seven years, and only gets to sit upright. His leg has been locked in a wooden contraption hammered to the ground by his parents for showing signs of mental instability.

Locked inside a shed and lying over hay, Kharel has been leading a life many would dread to be a part of, urinating and defecating where he sits. He can no longer straighten his legs and his back has turned blue.

An innocent and jolly child, Kharel had showed symptoms of mental illness after sixth grade. “We were forced to take the agonising decision fearing he might hurt himself or others after he started attacking family members, tearing up his clothes, walking around naked and throwing away utensils into the river,” his mother said.

Kharel’s father had taken him to various medical institutions, shamans and witchdoctors but nothing worked. He was admitted to Patan Mental Hospital for three months and even taken to Ranchi, India, twice for medical checkup but neither was that fruitful. “We spent more than Rs700,000 on his treatment and are now Rs 60,000 in debt,” Indira said. Their neighbours and villagers claim that the family has left no stone unturned for his treatment.

His mother, however, consoles herself by the words of a shaman who said Kharel’s mental health would gradually improve after three years. Unable to keep her tears and appealing for any sort of assistance, the mother says she would be extremely grateful to anyone who treats her son. 

Published: 30-10-2014 09:41

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