A 12-year-old boy, who was forced to collect scattered remains of
a man run over by a train, has lost his mental balance, police
said here Saturday.
On Monday, Firoz, a ragpicker, was forced by the government
railway police (GRP) to collect body parts of a man who had put
his head under a moving train at Indore railway station.
When the boy resisted, a constable promised to pay him Rs.100.
Firoz collected and packed the severed parts, including the head,
which were then hauled in a pushcart and taken away from the
station in full public view.
The boy was taken to the city's MGM hospital after his behaviour
became erratic. Doctors treating him said the boy may have been
scarred for life because of the incident.
MGM Medical College psychiatry department head Ramghulam Razdan
said the incident has either led to a permanent phobic reaction or
he has developed a psychotic behaviour.
GRP Superintendent of Police Jitendra Kushwah admitted that the
child showed erratic behaviour after he was brought before
authorities and sent for a mental examination.
Five personnel have been transferred and one head constable has
been suspended after the incident.