BAJURA: A minor living in Kolti, Budhinanda Municipality-2 of Bajura district has remained untreated for an infection due to his family's economic condition. Govinda Sarki, 15, who belongs to the Dalit community contracted infection in his legs, the cause of which remains unknown. Sarki, who belongs to a haliya family, has reportedly been living with the ailment for about 10 years as his family is unable to afford his treatment.

FILE - Govinda Sarki, 15, of Kolti, Budhinanda Municipality-2, Bajura district. Photo: Prakash Singh/THT
FILE - Govinda Sarki, 15, of Kolti, Budhinanda Municipality-2, Bajura district. Photo: Prakash Singh/THT
Govinda's father Raghu Sarki shared that both the legs of his son have been infected causing accumulation of pus. Both his legs are bandaged. Rangu further lamented that if he doesn't work on the fields, he cannot bring food to his house. In such a circumstance, when they can barely manage two-square meals, they have not been able to carry out the child's treatment. Govinda, who studies in Grade 6 doesn't want to go to school. He shares his plight of being mistreated there due to his condition. "They look down at me and insult me. None of my classmates even want to come near me." At a time when he should be studying and playing with his friends, Govinda's psychology is being negatively affected. Living with the pain caused by his illness and being ridiculed for his condition has put Govinda in a vulnerable state. His family is seeking support to carry out the child's treatment, so far in vain.