It is hard to believe the change in life of Tarapati Sapkota, 41 of Shukla gandaki Municipality-2 especially after the treatment of his mental illness. He is found to be working and living a normal life. Prior to this, he was tied in a rope and was living inside the cage. Sapkota, who lost his mental state by the torture from armed police force during conflict era was tied and kept inside the cage. He was a burden for the family until last year but now she has become a family support. The Non-government organization working for mentally ill patient (KOSIS) had managed the treatment for him in Kathmandu and since then his life has changed. Prior to this, his treatment was organized by Kopila Nepal which was unsuccessful.
Sapkota was admitted in armed police force formed by Nepal Police in 1996. In 2002, he was transferred to Pyuthan however he denied the transfer. He was given torture after he denied the transfer. Since then he lost his mental state according his family. He was given retirement from police after he lost his mental state. After five months of regular treatment his mental state has improved according to the family members.
According to the coordinator, Basanta Bhatta of KOSIS Nepal, he was freely given treatment in Kathmandu for five months along with regular counseling. The condition of Sapkota was revealed by INSEC at first. The district representative of Tanahu had conducted a continuous monitoring of Sapkota since five years. He was given treatment by Kopila Nepal after INSEC initiation.
At present, Tarapati is doing his regular activities. His wife and daughter have operated a small shop. Sapkota is able to do a lobor job nowadays.
In the district there are about 20 victims of torture from armed conflict according to chairperson Bishnu Prasad Bhattarai of Torture Victim Society. He added that torture victims are living martyr and state must take their responsibility. He said that other torture victims must be given same treatment so that they can come to their normal life.
Prakash Chandra Bhattarai