Mowgli girl has a new home!

New Delhi: After being called 'Mowgli', and by many other names like 'Van Durga' and 'Puja', the 'Jungle girl' was named for the fourth time. The girl has been shifted to a shelter home in Lucknow and is now named as 'Ehsaas'.

Suresh Dhapola, president of Nirvaan organization, who runs shelter home 'Balloons,' especially for mentally unstable said,"We do not know her religion. The name that we have given her is not specific to a particular religion and is sort of common to all".


"The only problem with the girl, what we can make out from her behaviour, is that she has not been civilized. She has not lived with humans and hence can not communicate like we do. It's difficult to say who she lived with and where" Dhapola added.

Minister of women and child welfare, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, also visited the center to see the girl on Saturday. A doctor visited the shelter home to take blood samples of the girl. If she is recovered from the jungle, there is a possibility she contracted rabies. She would be vaccinated after the tests are done.

At the Bahraich hospital, where the girl was undergoing treatment, has mentioned her age as 11. The girl would be kept with other children and would be made to learn through 'habit formation', and the first thing she would be taught is to brush her teeth.

At her new home, the girl seemed at ease. "We can not say if she lived with monkeys or not but she was rescued from troops of monkeys. She had injuries on her body, had long hair, was without clothes and had overgrown nails," said Pratima Singh, a member of the District Child Protection Unit, Bahraich.


The girl was recovered from the Motipur range of Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary in January. On January 25, she was admitted to the district hospital, Bahraich, for treatment on the directions of the magistrate of 'Baal Suraksha Greh'.

Though Singh had no picture of how the girl looked like at the time she was rescued, she had pictures to show how the girl used to hide underneath her bed on seeing humans during the early days of her stay at the hospital. According to the care taker of the girl, Renu said,"She used to eat polythene. She even bit off the blanket given to her at the hospital and pick up things from garbage in the hospital compound and eat".
 
"She did not know how to use the toilet and if left alone, she used to slide her hand inside the commode. She could only mumble and not speak.
We can not say whether she is mentally retarded or not as she is reacting to her surroundings," said Dhapola.


Agencies