Disabled kept in wooden box for past two decades


Feb 25, 2015-

A 32-year-old physically challenged man has been living in a wooden container in Biruaguthi VDC in the district for the past 20 years.

Kumar Pahari had been rendered physically disabled after being diagnosed with Japanese Encephalitis,  a mosquito-borne flavivirus, at an early age of 11.  The disease is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes belonging to Culex species, mainly Culex tritaeniorhynchus, that contract the disease from infected animals including pigs, wild boars, and ducks. And while one can be vaccinated for the disease, there is no specific medication for the treatment.

Because of his condition, Pahari cannot walk, sit, speak or even eat on his own and even needs assistance to answer the call of nature. Pahari, however, can listen and see, and can understand others by observing their expressions.

He seems elated whenever strangers pay him a visit. Although sometimes he attempts to walk with his crippled hands and legs, Kumar soon ends up falling flat on the ground. According to his family members, Pahari was kept in the container for his own safety as it prevents him from falling and helps minimise the risk of him being subject to potential harm when there is no one to tend to him.    

A middle child, Pahari has an elder sister and a younger brother. Despite being economically deprived, the family relying mainly on subsistence farming has left no stone unturned for his treatment.

“We had to sell our land in Biruwa Chowk to take him to India for medical treatment,” said Sher Bahadur, Kumar’s father, recalling that while some doctors prescribed medicines, other suggested that physiotherapy would be best for Kumar. “We did everything, but to no avail,” Sher Bahadur lamented.

Stating that they were no longer in a position to take him to various health facilities due to their old age and financial impediments, Nira, Kumar’s mother, said that assistance from a donor or some social organisations working in the field of disability would indeed be very helpful for them. 

Published: 26-02-2015 06:15

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