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Depressed family refuses help, accuses neighbours of conspiracy

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  SAS Nagar, February 14, 2013
First Published: 23:20 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:13 IST(15/2/2013)

After being rescued and hospitalised by the police and an NGO on Wednesday night, the four depressed members of a family had to be released as they refused any medical assistance.

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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.

It had taken the police nearly three hours and immense patience to extract the family out of their house in Phase 3-B1 here.

“We do not want any medical treatment; what is wrong with us? We are absolutely fine; it is a conspiracy of the neighbours,” said Raja, one of the rescued members.

Doctors at the civil hospital said there were visible indications that the family was suffering from severe depression.

“Once they refused to accept medical assistance, we were forced to release them. There is no provision under which they could be detained at the hospital. There was no family member or relative so we were helpless and could not have forcibly kept them. They were released last night after completing the formalities,” said a doctor. 

Daughter seems critical
Doctors were of the view that Dildar's daughter appeared critical and is apparently suffering from some physical ailment too, though they were not allowed to examine her; her mother was reticent over not allowing anyone near her.
 
“The daughter did not speak at all. Her hair was open and her cries were accompanied by deep moans. She is an adult, but severely under weight. She needs immediate medical attention,” added the hospital staff.     

'Neighours conspiring against us'
“The neighbours are just trying to malign us. My son is studying; he is a law graduate and preparing for judicial services examination. My daughter was not well; she was sleeping, when the police barged in and forcibly brought us here,” said Bhupinder Kaur, who too was admitted to hospital last night.  

Not had bath for about six months
“I have not bathed for the last six months, I feel cold,” said Dildar told the doctors. A retired government servant, he has been sleeping on the roads for over 18 months and has been eating at langars.

Neighbours live in fear
It has been over 18 months since the neighbours last saw Harpreet Kaur come out. The neighbours claim that Bhupinder Kaur also hardly stepped out; no one was allowed inside their compound. They got their food delivered from a neighorhood market. The door of the house hardly opened and the daughter remained confined to her room. The neighbours also claim to have heard loud cries from the house. The compound of the house is full of wild growth.
  
NGO approaches senior police officer and district administration
“The family needs help, especially the daughter, who is in a very bad shape; she was locked in a room. After they were released from the hospital, we wrote to senior police officials and the district administration to provide medical assistance to the family,” said HS Walia, president of non-governmental organisation, 'Anti-corruption and Human Rights', that has taken the initiative to help the family.

“The NGO has approached me. We are coordinating with the deputy commissioner (DC) and the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) to do the needful,” said Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, senior superintendent of police, SAS Nagar. 

“I will ask the SDM to ensure that the family gets all the necessary help,” said SAS Nagar DC Varun Roojam.  

He further added, “On Thursday evening a team was sent, but in the absence of a magistrate nothing could be done. Therefore, the station house officer (SHO) would produce the family before a magistrate on Friday morning and procure reception orders. After that the family can be admitted in the hospital for treatment.”

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