Epilepsy is disabling, needs understanding
According to Mamta Bhushan Singh, associate professor, Department of Nneurology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, "Epilepsy impacts all relationships, especially the marital life of a patient."
"There is a reluctance of parents to talk of the illness while fixing up the marriage of their child. If a husband comes to know his wife is a person with epilepsy, it is frequent for the woman to be thrown out, irrespective of whether she is mother to his child," Singh told IANS in an interview.
"The sense of shame and insecurity among persons with epilepsy has to be addressed," she said.
Singh, who attends to patients in various parts of India as part of the Lifeline Express, the world's first hospital on a train, said she has come across many cases of children in Delhi's schools being thrown after having a seizure.
"The schools tell the child, "Come back when you are cured". This is appalling, and shows lack of awareness," she said, adding that she was planning to visit schools, especially government ones, to create awareness among teachers and staff about the neurological disorder.
India has 12-14 million people with epilepsy, or a fifth of the world's 50-60 million cases.