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'I don't know what terrorism means'

Text and Photographs: Sheela Bhatt

July 27, 2008
Rohit Mathurdas, 10, is in deep coma. His tiny body is hurt in some 10 places by Saturday's bomb blast outside the trauma ward of the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad at around 7 pm.

Now, Rohit is lying in the B-4 ward of the Civil Hospital without being given much attention. His poor father, who hardly earns Rs 1,200 every month as a farm labourer in the nearby town of Kapadvanj, is a such a stranger to life in a metropolitan city that he is feeling numb.

This is the first time ever that terrorists have struck a hospital ward. A visit to the injured gives an idea of the ruthless acts committed by the terrorists' cruel minds. Imagine how terrifying the scenes were when the injured from Bapunagar and other areas arrived and the bomb exploded in the newly-renovated trauma ward. Some of those who could survive the first round of blasts got grave injuries in the second blast or lost their lives.

The trauma ward caters to the injured during riots and other such emergencies. Round the year, Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital is unbearably dirty, polluted beyond limits and the smell around its wards is unbearable. Surprisingly, some departments of the hospital are functioning well and the care of highly-qualified doctors is serving the purpose of the patients.

Father and son were leaving the hospital after visiting a relative when the blast occured. Mathurdas hardly knows anybody in Ahmedabad and has no idea how things work in big cities. tried to ask him more about his life, but he said he was a rustic man and doesn't know what "terrorism" is and what "bomb blast" means.

Image: Ten-year-old Rohit Mathurdas attended by his father.

Also see: Ahmedabad Blasts

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