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Updated: March 1, 2014 20:04 IST

Arjuna awardee loses sight in police action

Kritika Sharma
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Ram Karan Singh
Ram Karan Singh

For Ram Karan Singh, an Arjuna Award winner in athletics, going for the Asian Games trial in April now looks like a far-fetched dream. The 23-year-old, who was partially visually challenged, lost his eyesight completely after he was injured in the police action on Thursday. The police ‘highhandedness’ took place during a protest against issuance of an ordinance on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill.

The activists of Persons with Disabilities, who were a part of All India Disabilities Alliance, were protesting outside Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's residence when the police used force to evict them. They wanted to meet Mr. Gandhi and convey their message to the President requesting him not to sign the ordinance on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill as is being planned by the UPA government.

“Earlier in the day, my friends were protesting against the Bill at the All India Congress Committee office. In the evening, I got to know they were lathi-charged; some of my visually challenged friends and I went to support them. We were protesting in front of Mr. Gandhi’s residence where the police had erected barricades. When we tried to cross them, the policemen hit us with lathis,” said Mr. Singh, talking to The Hindu.

“I was hit on my left eye and several of my friends too were injured. We were taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where the doctors told me that the lens of my eye had been dislocated. I cannot see anything after that incident,” he added.

Mr. Singh had lost his eyesight in an accident when he was 14 but was able to see with his left eye after he was operated upon in 2006. That is when he applied for the CellOne Marathon in Delhi in the disabled category and won the gold medal in athletics. This was the first step towards a sporting career and he never looked back.

In 2010, he received a silver medal in the Asian Games; in 2011, he won a bronze in the World Championship in Turkey; and in 2012, the prestigious Arjuna Award was conferred on him.

This article has been edited to correct a factual error

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How shameful! More people need to read and protest against this to
increase awareness! Only if we raise a voice as a unified front
against atrocities like this will something happen. India's population
and mass of people has always been considered a negative - This is a
time we use it to our advantage and gain enough support to raise our
voices against this.
One needs to remember, just like Mr. Singh, any one of us could become
disabled after an accident- and then where do we stand in society?What
rights do we have?

from:  Anu
Posted on: Mar 2, 2014 at 20:55 IST

It is shame to tell that i am Indian, what the hell is this, where is our
country?? this show our country,and our government. How dare Delhi
police can do like this who is tat bloody man? What rights he is got
to touch or hurt people, if he wears uniform it doesn't mean he can do
anything. severe action should be taken against Delhi police,they
should be punished badly,a talent person has lost his eye sight by
this stupid act.I kindly request this matter should be taken very
seriously and punishment should be given to Delhi police and
government must provide a best treatment and must get back that persons
eye sight. if this is not done i wont mind to rite a complain to
president of India on this violent act. As a citizen of India i have
all right to speak against violence.

from:  meena devi
Posted on: Mar 2, 2014 at 16:07 IST

extremely horribole action,now he should be looked after at best
hospitals and responsibilty be established and guilty be punished

from:  saraswati singh
Posted on: Mar 2, 2014 at 09:00 IST

shame on us ..i am feeling very shame to be the part of this society ..

from:  naveen
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 23:24 IST

If we all feel the whole country is corrupt why cant we consider AAP as an alternative. No point of whinning without any action towards solution, enough is enough.

from:  Nathan
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 22:46 IST

dear politicians.
Dont go to poor man's house for publicity.Help poor man who are coming to your house.

from:  eswaran
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 22:35 IST

what the hell! is this delhi police doing... shame on them....

from:  Raj Pandit
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 22:15 IST

Hated action by police.This is not new in india.They will do anything
for themself not to the poor people

from:  hell
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 22:05 IST

Shocking..Delhi Police is behaving worse than criminals. They are not solution to the problem. They are the problem in many cases.

from:  magesh
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 21:46 IST

let's not get unnecessarily agitated.
the gentleman says he was lathi charged while trying to cross the barriers erected by police. i am surprised he pities himself. what gave him the right to cross a barrier erected by police!

from:  varun
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 21:35 IST

This is bloody congress and its corrupt police, what this corrupt duffre
Rahl is, why corrupt agencies of corrupt congress trying to make her
Hero.Very unfortunate for the country.

from:  David Hawks
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 17:16 IST

Indian police is no less than a terror outfit of the ruling class
politicians. Condition is worsening as money and laws and criminal mind
together become one. My condolences to Karan, and not loose heart. God
may show you another better option. But sue for criminality of the
Indian police and president of India.

from:  K G Misra
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 17:00 IST

A highly unfair report! The Delhi Police was there to safeguard the
Congress VP, and has it not succeeded in discharging its duty even at
the risk of life and limbs to its officers?

The grateful nation should award Gallantry Medals to all Men and
Officers involved, and their Political Master should be revered with
at least a Bharat Ratna, and commemorated with statues at least three
times taller than The Colossus of Rhodes, in several parks named after
the Patron Saints of the party.

As for Mr Singh, what a way to respect the leaders of the Govt that
gave him the award! His award(s) should be withdrawn forthwith and
given to the lathi wielding brave policemen, at a due ceremony on a
day of national celebration, like when the Govt is returned to power
in a few months time.

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 15:33 IST

Its very disappointing to see mr.singh in this pathetic situation,in
this country which proudly says largest democratic country,with
bulkiest constitution grants equality before law to each and every
person,should feel ashamed for brutal behaviour of police who are
representatives of govt,and guardians of public...it seems each and
every govt employee should study preamble byheart to know people are
the source of power in this country to all those who works for
govt..inclu president of country..its high time we should revisit
police reforms,implement them asap,and train each and every police
from humanitarian perspective too..Finally,with high aspirations
mr.Rakesh marai,new commisoner of police mumbai says..if there is any
dada it should be only police..but delhi police have understood other
way round...

from:  divya naidu
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 14:21 IST

Are Indian policemen here to serve the citizens or are they just stooges employed by politicians? One wonders.

from:  Ramprakash
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 14:15 IST

Let me get this straight, these are the uniformed thugs who would not
raid a vice den despite complaints of residents' unions without
following due process.

from:  Daniel S Mahanty
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 13:59 IST

Why no media is covering this with the right emphasis, this is brutal behaviour of the police and the Delhi police chief should accept moral responsibilty of the loss. painful for me to accept the attitude of the materialistic and real estate hungry youths of nowadays and their parents. What is rahulgandhiji and soniji party is going to do for this kind of police brutality. Why do we need all this civic amenities when the majority are still in the dark forest behaving like predators. the politicians, IAS, IFS, corporate CEOs and the police are just exploiting the society for their greed.

from:  Narayanamurthy
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 13:31 IST

not even god can save tnis country

from:  Raghu krishna
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 13:30 IST

Mr.rahul gadhi if u wanted to be real supporter of the prolitariam do something sincerely.dont play the dirty tricks to the downtroden

from:  devadas
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 13:18 IST

Shocking,disturbing and indigestible.

from:  niwas
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 13:14 IST

Can Delhi police be called to explain this? Was the condition so intense
that police had to use force to control the protest?Inflicting injury on
the physically disabled is abominable. It is not just a personal loss
but loss to the nation. Very sad and deplorable this incident is.
The party at the center must at least come and show some solidarity and
compensate to the maximum extent it can for the irreparable injury that
forces under its control have caused.

from:  Aishwarya Mudgil
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 12:51 IST

The brutality of the police whether handling protestors in public places or inside a police station is an accepted fact in Indian society. Police simply terrorize ordinary people. This sad situation can end only if there is political will.

from:  N.Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 12:50 IST

Indian police does not in general know, how to talk to citizens while they do their duty; They behave like i have all power & rudely behave; Eg: last week i was heading towards to my home & stopped by police; My mistake is i did n't have RC book copy in my scooter.. but had insurance copy & driving license, employee identity card; Even with lot of alternate proof, crime police insisted on RC book; I don't know for what purpose they just want only RC book. They told me to keep my scooter & get RC book from near by home which is roughly 750 meters distance; Finally, some wisdom dawns in them & allowed me to go; I am a normal citizen & Do you think, this is the right way to handle this situation? Don't field rude police people to talk/enquire to citizens & deploy them to catch thief & other critical activities

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 12:46 IST

How can Delhi Police be so cruel on Disabled? I think all the morality
of Police have been lost in Delhi. Delhi police are not humans anymore
and they are behaving like the tyranny of British when they used to
fire on the innocent crowds and used to commit the homicide. Is this
the democracy which we talk about? Why are the political parties
especially Mr. Kejriwal mute on this issue? If we will treat our
citizens like this then we can not call ourselves living in a free
country where everyone has the right to express himself and has the
right to voice their concerns. In the so called participatory
governance until and unless we treat our citizens with respect
everything is just a flaw.

from:  Dr. Avinash Kumar
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 12:19 IST

This kind of treatment to a arjuna awardee,first make the country proud
and then never get a chance to prove again.What a Shameful act!!

from:  priyanka
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 12:00 IST

very sad, feeling helpless. Why police and government lost their senses to
understand other human beings and treat with the respect and honor they deserve.

from:  Eva
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 11:59 IST

This story is heartbreaking. Why can't we use humane ways to disburse protestors?

from:  raj
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 11:43 IST

Disgusting. Despicable. Undigestable.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 11:30 IST

Very sad! I have no words to say anything

from:  neyaz rizvi
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 10:54 IST

Delhi Police, you are a disgrace to mankind. You are such an
inefficient, ineffective and corrupt police force only there to harass
and assault innocent civilians and protect political cronies. You
cannot seem to get anything right, and are always in the news for the
wrong reasons. If you have any trace of humanity left in you,
if you value your family and children even a little bit, please resign
from your posts, because you don't want to have more blood on your
hands. The people don't respect you. Please know that you are spoken
about with utter disgust by everyone, because we have no respect for
you because of your actions.

from:  Balagopal P. Menon
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 10:52 IST

I was moved reading the title, but the article is not informative to justify the title. the victim has got back sight to his right eye in 2006 (post-surgery)
and in the current incident he's hit on his "LEFT EYE" as per his his
statement. the article does provide any evidence of the victim completely loosing his sight.

from:  dinesh
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 10:46 IST
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