The Half Mother of Mowgli Girl

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The Half Mother of Mowgli Girl

Illustration: Mandar Mhaskar

N

eeta Newton knew they had a new “abnormal” patient at the Bahraich district hospital, but she had no idea what state she was in. She also had no idea that the regular 9-6 existence that she was leading for the last five years, was going to change forever.

It was January 20. The nurses had been whispering among themselves; there were rumours that a police sub-inspector had found a young girl crawling on all fours with a band of mangy monkeys, among the sal and teak of the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary nearby. Some were calling her a feral child, raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves like Mowgli. Others wondered if she was physically and mentally disabled and had been cast away by her family for that reason – or simply because she was a girl. Or maybe, she had been kidnapped and abandoned.

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