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Admin succeeds in shifting depressed family to hospital

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  SAS Nagar , February 15, 2013
First Published: 23:09 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:22 IST(15/2/2013)

Finally the district administration will get all the four depressed members of the family residing in Phase 3-B1, SAS Nagar, treated. 


On Wednesday night, Dildar Singh and his family, including wife Bhupinder Kaur -- a retired teacher; daughter Harpreet Kaur; and son Manmeet Singh Raja -- a law graduate, had been rescued after having been confined to their house for nearly 18 months and had been admitted to the civil hospital. Later, the hospital authorities were forced to release them in just over half hour as they had refused any treatment.

But, on Friday afternoon, under orders from the naib tehsildar a police party removed three of the family -- Bhupinder Kaur, Harpreet Kaur and Manmeet Singh Raja -- from their house in which they had remained confined for the last nearly 18 months, to the civil hospital.

“I have directed the civil surgeon to get the family treated. Health authorities have been directed to ensure that the family gets the best possible medical facilities. The family, I have been told, has visible signs of depression,” informed SAS Nagar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam.

The hospital has started with the treatment of the family. Harpreet Kaur is said to be in a pretty bad shape.

Dildar 'thrown' out of the house last night, found outside district court 

On Friday afternoon, Dildar was spotted near the manhole outside the district court. “I spotted him lying near the manhole on Friday afternoon  as I was on my way to the court to get relevant orders in the matter. I called the police, who got him admitted to the civil hospital,” said HS Walia, president of the NGO, which has taken the initiative to rescue the family. Neighbours said that Bhupinder Kaur usually used to turn Dildar out of the house, compelling the latter to sleep by roadside.

Daughter found without clothes, neighbors come to help
As the police rescue team entered the house of the family, they were shocked to find the girl lying curled up in bed, in a room full of filth. She just had a blanket on her. The police had to seek the help of neighbouring women to provide clothes and dress the girl to shift her to hospital.

Mother refuses to let go of her dog
Bhupinder Kaur started shouting as soon as the police team tried to persuade her to move to the hospital. She refused to let go of her pet dog. “I don't want to go, it is my house. The neighbour's dog will kill him; let me lock him inside,” yelled Bhupinder. “We were taken to the hospital, but no one treated us, so what is the use of taking us again,” she shouted at the cops. 

House not cleaned for past many months, garbage stacked in a room
The house was full of filth. The garbage was piled in a room. Leftovers had been lying in all rooms. The family used to order food from a neighbourhood eatery. Harpreet Kaur had been defecating and urinating in the room she was locked in.

Sister suffering from partial paralysis: brother
“My sister is suffering from partial paralysis due to anaemia,” said Raja, as he limped towards the ambulance on Friday. “She was studying in a Chandigarh school in Class 10, but I do not remember when she last went to school,” added Raja.

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