Help sought to treat ‘mentally ill’ woman

Help sought to treat ‘mentally ill’ woman

Sep 29, 2014-

A single mother at Kyamin VDC in the district has started showing paranoid behaviour saying that people are conspiring to murder her as well as her infant daughter.

Family members said Mina Bhandari (Adhikari), who is living at her maternal home, prepares meal only for her and her daughter and does not let anyone go near the dish fearing that they may poison the food. Her two other daughters--Samjhana, 13, and Shrijana, 7--are under the care of their cousin Dhruba due to such behaviour.

Although Samjhana and Shrijana have been admitted to a local community secondary school, Mina neither lets anyone go near her youngest daughter nor has she admitted her to school.

Mina’s neighbours and family acquaintances said she started showing clear signs psychological problems after her husband Amar Adhikari, who had gone to India for work, went missing.

Meanwhile, Dhruba said due to financial constraints they had had a difficult time seeking medical assistance for Mina and taking care of her family in the absence of Amar. “Though proper treatment may help cure Mina, we have not been able to do so due to lack of money,” he said.

“In order to help her earn a living, Mina’s brothers had agreed to set up a grocery store for her,” neighbour Tomaya Gurung said, adding, “But she even refuses genuine offer to help.” She accuses any one, who approaches her, of trying to take her daughters away from her, Gurung said.

Rajendra Neupane, a teacher at Kyaminkot Secondary School, said despite being mentally challenged, she has never been rude to anyone. “It would be great if someone comes forward to help her and encourages her to seek medical treatment,” he said.


Published: 30-09-2014 09:36

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