50pc orphans suffer from psychological disorders in IOK: Study

Srinagar, December 29, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the orphanages of Kashmir valley are becoming ‘boiling pots’ of stress as around 50 percent of child inmates suffer from psychological morbidity, for which experts blame strict and unfavourable living conditions.

Of the hundreds of children in Kashmir valley who have lost parents to conflict and illness, 50 percent of them are experiencing various psychological disorders and psychological disturbances following the loss.

A recent study on the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among children in registered orphanages, undertaken by a local medical practitioner, found that 50.52 percent of all orphans between 6-18 years suffer from several psychiatric disorders; and other psychological and emotional problems not amounting to psychiatric disorders.

The study was conducted with nearly 348 children. The participants were drawn from different parts of Kashmir who are living in different registered orphanages of summer capital, Srinagar. Among the kids, medical illnesses are emerging as the most common forming 65 percent of the total parental deaths followed by accidents (17%) and fire-arm related deaths (16%).

As per a study done by Dr Syed Karrar Hussain, the concept of orphanage has been an alien to our culture and probably crept in Kashmir with the rapid rise in conflict related deaths during the early 90s.

Associated Professor and Head Department of Psychiatry, Dr Muhammad Maqbool, who collaborates on the study, explained that orphanages only provide children with their basic physical needs like food, clothing and shelter, while neglecting their psychological and emotional health.

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