A 48-year-old mentally challenged man, who had been kept chained by his family members for the past 18 years, was on Wednesday freed following coordinated intervention by the district administration and the judiciary. 

Hari Singh, a resident of Devatra village in Bhopalgarh tehsil of Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district, was rescued by the District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) on the direction of its chairman Justice G K Vyas, and admitted to the psychiatry department of MDM Hospital. 

A para legal volunteer and a penal advocate of DLSA went to Singh’s village this morning and took him to the hospital, DLSA Deputy Secretary Dheeraj Sharma said. He said the matter was first brought to his notice by District Magistrate B S Mallik. 

b’Image for representation/ Source: Reuters’

“The DM told me that Singh’s family members were not willing to take him to the hospital for treatment and that he needed better atmosphere and treatment to recover. This message was conveyed to Justice Vyas who gave directions for rescuing Singh and making arrangements for his treatment,” Sharma said. 

Doctors treating Singh said that his ailment was curable, according to Sharma. 

The District Magistrate said he saw Singh during a visit to the region and when he spoke to his family members and parents, they refused to take him to hospital for treatment due to resource limitation. 

“I brought the matter to the notice of DLSA immediately seeking their help and directed the BDO to initiate the process of giving pension to him,” Mallik said. 

(Feature image source: Reuters)