A Dalit leprosy-striken driven out of Bihar village

January 9th, 2009 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Jan 9 (IANS) A Dalit leprosy-striken man was cast out of the village in Bihar.Driven out of the village along with his two very young daughters, the man had to struggle for survival under the open sky in this chilling winter.

After being diagonsed of leprosy, Femu Sada, in his late 30s, was first humiliated by the villagers and was later forced to leave his village, Chatia Mushari in the Purnia district.

“Femu was forced to leave the village due to prevailing stigma, misconceptions about the disease, and untouchability attached to it,” said Madan Singh, an activist.

Femu earned his livelihood by begging and after he was thrown out has taken temporary shelter in a school’s premises outside the village. He and his two daughters - Putul and Suman - are fighting a battle for life after social boycott, Singh added.

Singh informed the local administration about the incident, but no action has been taken to help him.

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