Besides Blindness, Mental Health Issues Plague Pellet Victims in Kashmir

Students, in particular, developed psychological disorders and were the most affected victims according to a study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Kashmir.May 28, 2019 | Aamir Ali Bhat    

When 18-year-old Farzan Nazir Sheikh gets angry, he finds it difficult to calm himself down. To release his anger, most of the times, Farzan throws or breaks things that come in his way. He has become prone to sudden outbursts of uncontrollable anger.null

“My life has completely changed after I was hit by pellets,” says Farzan, sitting in his small grocery shop in Nawabazar, Srinagar. “I wasn’t like this before.”

In 2017, Farzan suffered pellet injuries twice in a period of five months. On March 28, 2017, Farzan lost eyesight in his left eye when security forces showered pellets at him near an alleyway a step away from his house. In the same year, on August 7, when Farzan was limping back towards recovery, pellets fired by security forces pierced the right side of Farzan’s face and he lost partial eyesight in his right eye.


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