In an incident that highlights the necessity to sensitise the police about in a different way abled folks, particularly throughout the lockdown, a person with Asperger’s Syndrome was roughed up by a Chandigarh policeman after he was noticed taking a stroll two days in the past.
The man broke down on the police station, and will solely be calmed down after his physician spent two hours on the police station.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental dysfunction affecting the flexibility to socialize and talk successfully. People with this situation could also be socially awkward and have an all-absorbing curiosity in particular subjects. Actor Shah Rukh Khan performed the position of a person with this situation within the film ‘My Name is Khan’.
The younger man (identify withheld) is coaching to be a laboratory technician and lives in a small two-room flat. According to his physician Dr Simmi Warraich, he must step out of his cramped home on account of his particular wants.
“Usually, the sector policemen recognise this 26-year-old with Asperger’s. But there was a new policeman in the locality. He saw him out of his house without a mask, called him and spoke to him angrily. Then he slapped him. This young man already has a mistrust of the police. And due to his condition, he argued with the policemen forcefully for hitting him. He has been agitated for two days now,” mentioned Dr Warraich.
The psychiatrist mentioned she doesn’t blame the policeman, as a result of somebody not used to dealing with folks with a situation like Asperger’s could not realise why she or he is agitated. “However, this incident brings to light the need to sensitise the police towards such individuals, who will require extra help to cope with the lockdown’s stringent requirements,” Dr Warraich mentioned.
The physician mentioned she spent two hours calming down the youth within the police station after his dad and mom referred to as her. “He has a Labrador who really helps him. He takes him out for a walk,” she mentioned.
“He is an intelligent young man. He gets upset with inconsistencies and wrongs. For example, some of his professors gave him poor marks in practicals as they saw him as confrontational, whereas he was just being truthful in asking about things he thought were wrong. In his theory exam, he did very well, and the professors realised their mistake. But his belief that they were treating him unfairly was reinforced. With support, he has almost graduated, but this incident has been dampening,” mentioned Dr Warraich.
The psychiatrist mentioned that lockdown days are robust instances for folks with disabilities, who discover it suffocating to be dwelling.
“Many like him get ill-treated by the police. Not that the police is unkind, but lack of knowledge makes them see the behaviour of such persons as impudence, when it is not,” says Dr Warraich.
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