Blind Man Reveals Horrendous Abuse He Receives On Daily Commute
A blind former doctor has strapped a camera to his dog to document the abuse he is subjected to by commuters on a daily basis.
Amit Patel, who lost his sight three years ago, says he is constantly barged out of the way as he travels around London.
He claims commuters step over his guide dog, Kika, and even hit her with umbrellas to move her out of the way on escalators.
Patel was diagnosed with a condition called Keratoconus which changes the shape of a person’s cornea. He had six transplants but all were rejected by his body, reports the Daily Mail.
Now blind, the 37-year-old says he has been told to apologise for being in the way and ignored by station staff.
To document the abuse, the father-of-one attached a GoPro camera to Kika’s back to record the public’s behaviour.
At the end of each day, Patel’s wife, Seema reviews the footage and tweets about the pair’s travels around London.
The former doctor travels by train nearly every day and says he has been ignored by staff when he is in unfamiliar surroundings.
He added: ‘Sometimes I get a train with my four-month old son and I say quite loudly: “Kika, find me a seat,” but no-one budges.
Patel also says people ‘deliberately’ hit him with their bags, but the verbal negativity he receives is worse:
The worst part is the tutting and negative comments behind me. People are so rude and arrogant and assume they can do whatever they want.
One lady even said I should apologise to the people behind her for holding them up. I asked her if I should apologise for being blind and she said, ‘yes’.
Sometimes I wonder who is the blind person when there are people glued to their mobile phones.
It really scares Kika sometimes, I can feel how upset she gets and when I get upset she senses it and she won’t go on the escalators for a few days.