HP Govt. ill treating physically challenged at Mashobara home for destitute
SHIMLA-Himachal Pradesh, it seems, is insensitive to issues related to the physically and mentally challenged. It has been caught in legal wrangles in three such cases in less than a month. The latest is the notice issued to the government last week by a division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan on the plight of 30 mentally challenged inmates of the state-run Nari Sewa Sadan or home for destitute women in Mashobra near Shimla. The court Jan 9 took cognizance following a letter written by NGO Umang Foundation’s honorary chairman Ajai Srivastava.
The letter, accessed by IANS, says all the 30 inmates, including two girls, were severely sick. A six-year-old boy, whose mother is an inmate, has also developed symptoms of mental illness.Most of the mentally challenged inmates don’t know about their menstrual cycle. No inmate is provided sanitary napkins. This is one of the major reasons for their pitiable personal hygiene. Since all the inmates are not of sound mind, in the absence of proper boundary wall or good barbed wire fencing, there is every possibility of some untoward incident happening. ~ IANS/Photo:Pahal-ngo