I am Anita Tehlan from Delhi. Last year, when my father was admitted to the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in Vasant Kunj, I came across a really joyful and optimistic young woman bound to a wheelchair. I saw her roaming around, talking to all the patients about being positive and bringing smiles to their faces. But when I heard her tragic story, it pained my heart so much that I couldn’t help my urge to share her ordeal with everybody. And what better way than to approach a media platform, like this one?
27-year-old Pooja Arya is an amazingly talented and qualified girl with immense positivity. In 2014, she was at the peak of her personal as well as professional life as she was just married and worked at a fairly good company. But, on the ill-fated morning of September 19, 2014, her life took a drastic turn after she met with an accident.
A native of Jhajjar in Haryana, Pooja was on her way to office when a pile of construction material (malba) fell on her head from the 5th floor of an illegal construction site, in Chirag, Delhi, leaving her spinal cord badly injured, resulting in paralysis and compelling her to remain bedridden.
Her husband and in-laws abandoned her, but her parents took her in. Since that day, despite being financially weak, they have been trying their best to help her stand up on her feet once again. They have switched so many hospitals to get the best possible treatment but there is no improvement.
The CCTV camera installed outside the premises of a building on the same street had captured the incident and is the biggest evidence of carelessness on the part of the builder. However, even after registering an FIR at Malviya Nagar Police Station (FIR no. 1221/14), the police took no action against the builder/contractor, identified as Bhagat Singh. The ACP along with a forensic team had also visited the incident but no records were submitted. According to Pooja’s family, Singh is said to have paid a hefty bribe to the police and is still on the loose.
Today, the case is in Saket court and nothing has been done so far (No compensation, no treatment, no Aid). Pooja is currently living in Patanjali, Haridwar and pursuing Masters of Arts in Psychology. She is not receiving any treatment, which she must get as soon as possible, otherwise, she may be restricted to her wheelchair for her entire life.
Pooja has been battling for three years now. It is high time, that justice is served to her. The contractor and the owner of the illegal construction site should be held accountable and must be punished. Not only that, Pooja should be compensated with a financial aid to be able to get the best possible treatment.
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Article submitted by Anita Tehlan
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