The health condition of Amrita (name changed), who is undergoing treatment at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has improved in the last two days. Doctors treating the woman, who was allegedly kept in confinement for four years by her family, said she is taking food and medicines without any problem.
“She has improved remarkably”, said Health Minister U T Khader, who visited NIMHANS on Thursday. “She was reading a newspaper and she communicated without any fear”, he said. Women and Child Welfare Minister Umashree also visited the woman and assured her of all help.
Doctors at NIMHANS briefed the ministers about her condition and her response to treatment. Asked if any action will be taken against her parents, Khader said, “That is left to the police and human rights commission. It will also depend on the statements from the woman”. Umashree said she has directed the department director Gurneet Tej to closely monitor the developments and give reports.
Director of the institute, Dr Sateesh Chandra said, “The woman was anxious, troubled, stressed, looked sacred and was poorly nourished when she was brought in. But now, she has shown improvement. Her movement of upper and lower limbs are in contraction state because of less movement from a long time. A team of neurology and orthopaedic doctors are monitoring her”.
According to relatives, the parents, specially the father, are disturbed. “Our first priority was Amrita. We will consider counseling her father soon,” he added.