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Blinded pellet victims likely to have traumatic future: Experts 

Srinagar, Nov 30: Partially or completely blinded pellet-hit youth, mostly the teenagers, are likely to enter suffer psychological trauma with their growing age, experts say.

Psychiatrists in Kashmir say the victims would suffer a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Recently, an infant Hiba Nisar lost vision in her right eye to pellets.

Dr Mansoor, a Psychiatrist, said, “Disability in younger age results in behavioural change and affects overall personality of the person.”

Dr Mansoor said about 15-20 per cent people with any disability worldwide were suffering depression.

“With the growing age, youth, who are partially or completely blinded, feels that they are less productive as their disability becomes a hurdle in their life,” he said.

Another case of partially blinded youth Burhan Mir from Budgam district has lost eye sight in his left eye.

Burhan Mir, 15, studies in 9th class was lying on the hospital bed and thinking about his injuries.

He said, “Since yesterday I am not able to sleep as the memories of my injuries do not let me sleep.”

“I have spent whole night in ward 8 thinking that I will not be able to see with my left eye and it seems that this was the longest ever night of my life.”

A doctor in community psychiatry, Dr Arif Magribi Khan, told The Kashmir Monitor that he has received PTSD case of a 15-year-old pellet victim.

Dr Khan said, “His financial condition is not so good and is the only support to his mother. He is partially blinded by these pellets and is under psychological trauma.”

He added that the patient is not able to concentrate on his work.

“He has lost his self-respect and feels less productive.”

Blaming the society, Dr Khan said that even if a person recovers from his mental stress, the society pushes them back to depression.

Dr Khan said girls with some kind of disability usually face bitter face of society.

“They face more rejections at the stage of their marriage and hardly anybody from our society accepts them with their disabilities.”