Victims of failure to understand


Days later, Konra was discharged from hospital, still unwell, and shifted to the central prison in Thrissur. Social activist Joy Kaitharam moved a petition in the State Human Rights Commission and Konra was shifted to Thrissur Medical College. For the next few months, he was shuttled between jail and hospital, with social activists every time taking up the issue with the government and the rights commission.

His brother-in law Shibu, 19, had caught up with him by then

On February 7, 2012, a magistrate's court at Aluva awarded Konra six months for the attempt to escape, a term he had already served by then. For the airport trespass, the court on March 7 gave him a six-month term, again already completed. Yet when social activists reached the jail expecting Konra's release, the authorities told them about another case, this one with the revenue division magistrate's court in Fort Kochi. On March 27, the magistrate's court there acquitted him.

The prison authorities released Konra the next day without informing the social activists or his family. Konra disappeared once again. A missing person complaint was registered with Thrissur police. On March 30, Konra begged for money to make a call to his brother-in law, and an auto driver in Thrissur gave him Rs 20. On getting the call from Konra, Shibu and Father Martin Puthussery informed the police, who found Konra and took him into custody once again.

On March 31, a court in Thrissur took up the missing person case. The ordeal ended on April 8, when Konra boarded a train home to join his wife Surajmoni and daughter Ringu.

"Konra has left Kerala a disabled person, one who can longer work. One of his legs is shorter than the other due to the poor care he got. He did not get any compensation," Puthussery said.

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