Blind stu­dent threat­ens sui­cide on los­ing seat

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION HINDUSTANTIMES - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

NEW DELHI: A 19-year-old med­i­cal stu­dent who is un­able to see be­yond a dis­tance of 8cm has threat­ened sui­cide af­ter the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia (MCI) can­celled his ad­mis­sion since his dis­abil­ity is re­garded too se­vere for some­one pur­su­ing MBBS.

Suresh’s tale high­lights a prob­lem of ne­glect and de­lays that plague al­most ev­ery gov­ern­ment of­fice in the coun­try. He was given ad­mis­sion in 2016 by au­thor­i­ties in Kar­nataka who should have taken note of his con­di­tion, only for it be can­celled al­most a year later by MCI.

On Au­gust 28, Suresh wrote a seven-page let­ter, and a two-page sui­cide note with a head­line, “No­tice of Death” in which he listed his strug­gle to land the col­lege seat.

He said that de­spite his 70% vis­ual dis­abil­ity, he scored 86% in his Class 12 ex­am­i­na­tions, stud­ied hard to pre­pare for the med­i­cal col­lege ex­am­i­na­tion, and sold an­ces­tral prop­erty to pay for his first year fees dur­ing a pe­riod in life that also co­in­cided with the death of his par­ents.

“Out of se­vere de­pres­sion, I have writ­ten to MCI to solve my prob­lem. I have no op­tion but to end my life if I don’t get a so­lu­tion in my favour,” he told HT over a phone call.

On June 26, MCI can­celled his ad­mis­sion be­cause it vi­o­lated a 2009 reg­u­la­tion. The rule says that the only dis­abil­ity al­lowed in med­i­cal col­leges is of the lower limbs, and a can­di­date had to fall un­der the 50%-70% sever­ity to be el­i­gi­ble for re­served seats.

Suresh can’t see be­yond 8cm.

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