He is bound with a thick rope to a pole in their yard
Sujon Ali, a 25-year-old mentally challenged youth, was kept bound for 12 years as his family was unable to bear the cost of better treatment.
Sujon is the sixth child in a family of nine in Karjgram village of Raninagar upazila, Naogaon. He is bound with a thick rope to a pole in their yard. His family says he is prone to accidents if he is kept unbound.
Sujon's mother Rijia Beoa said: "Sujon demonstrated unusual behaviour since childhood. As he grew old, his condition deteriorated. Ten years ago, when his father was alive, we sold all our land for his treatment and tried our best to cure him.
"Doctors at Pabna Mental Hospital prescribed some medicines then but they said he wouldn’t get well. Recently we have gotten government allowances for his disability, but it is not enough for further treatment."
Azizul Islam, Shujan's elder brother, said: "We have spent a lot of money so that our brother gets well, but now we don't have enough. If the government supports us for his treatment he might get better."
Raninagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Al Mamun said: "We have already arranged advanced treatment for some mentally challenged patients in the upazila upon directives of the deputy commissioner. Better treatment will also be arranged for Sujon."