Police brutality makes Arjuna awardee Ram Karan Singh go blind
Arjuna award winner in Athletics, Ram Karan Singh lost his eyesight due to Police brutality.
The 23-year-old athlete was partially visually challenged. He was a part of the protest against issuance of an ordinance on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill.
The people protesting were a part of All India Disabilities Alliance. They were protesting outside Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s residence when the police stepped in to evict them. They wanted to meet Rahul 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.
The Hindu quoted Ram Karan, “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.
“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.”
Ram Karan Singh lost his eyesight at the age of 14 due to an accident but was able to see with his right eye after he was operated upon in 2006. After the operation, 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.
He had won a a silver medal in the Asian Games 2010. In 2011, he won a bronze medal in the World Championship in Turkey and in 2012, the prestigious Arjuna Award was conferred on him.