So what if Najeeb has OCD? Where is he?
Amid the continuing protests over the disappearance of Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, the Delhi Police has come out with a startling observation that looks more like a ruse out of the case than a significant observation. On the 25th day of Najeeb’s disapearance, it said Najeeb was emotionally disturbed and on anti-depressants for insomnia and obsessive compulsive disorder.
To begin with, what is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or usually OCD in everyday parlance?
The American National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has defined, “OCD is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.”
NIMH explains: “Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety.” For example, fear of germs, unwanted thoughts on sex, religion etc are the most commonly seen symptoms.
Compulsions are “repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought.” For example, excessive cleaning or handwashing, compulsive counting, ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way or even repeatedly check on things.
These symptoms appear general at times, but in OCD cases, they are increased and the person cannot control his thoughts or behaviour. It has also been claimed that OCD patients usually spend an inordinate amount of time on such behaviour, and also suffer significant problems because of this.
The subject of Ahmed being “emotionally disturbed” and an OCD patient was claimed by Delhi police in a Hindustan Times report. India Today reported details of the medicines and prescriptions found in his room.
It has been claimed that Ahmed was prescribed Flunil (20mg), for depression and OCD, and Zolfresh (5mg), for sleep, on August 27 this year. And Lonazep, for treating fits, panic attacks and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces) on September 9 and Pari 10, an anti-depressant, along with another medicine has been found from his room.
Since then, further reports have come that Delhi Police has recreated Najeeb’s psychological profile to crack the case. The police have started to analyse his social media behaviour, readings on internet, calls, messages and what not. However, the biggest disclosure being claimed is “OCD”
After sitting nearly idle all these 25 days, the police seem to have sprung into action with the OCD theory to add heft to their claim that he might have voluntarily left the hostel as against being beaten up and kidnapped by students owing allegiance to the ABVP. The police said that Najeeb had visited his doctor thrice in the last two weeks of his disappearance.
Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees countered the police and said Najeeb was fit. She said the police was “making this up because they were unable to find Najeeb,” stated a Hindustan Times report.
The case is of October 15-16, when Ahmed was tortured by a mob of 20 students in a scuffle about college elections. “After a scuffle with ABVP members, Najeeb reportedly felt depressed and did not sleep a wink that night. He was so upset that he called his mother, crying, telling her that he would leave the hostel soon. His mother, who was aware of his condition, asked him to stay put till she reached the hostel,” said a police source in the Hindustan Times report.