A few months ago it was reported that a real-life ‘Mowgli Girl’ was found in the jungles of India living with a troop of monkeys. The girl, who was found in January in the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh, could not speak or understand the human language and was initially spotted roaming in the forest by woodcutters.
A police officer eventually managed to rescue the girl and admitted her to a local hospital where she has been under medical supervision ever since.
Contrary to initial reports that the girl was raised by monkeys, forest officials and doctors feel that the true story is darker. The girl’s expressions showed that she was disabled both physically and mentally and was most likely abandoned by her parents. The chief medical officer of the hospital in Bahraich said that is was difficult to determine when exactly the girl was abandoned.
The ‘Mowgli Girl’ recovering at the hospital
Officials say that the jungle where the girl was found is under constant CCTV surveillance and regularly patrolled by forest officials. So if she was living with the monkeys since birth, then the discovery would have been made much earlier. Also, the rapid improvement she had made since being hospitalized has led doctors to believe she had in fact been raised by people before being abandoned.
The truth of the matter is that the girl’s parents didn’t want to look after her. In India, gender disparity is still rife with people preferring the male child to the female. Especially in rural India, child birth rates have been distorted as people would rather get rid of a baby girl than bringing her up. A leading activist in the movement to promote the welfare of young girls plans to take the girl to a children’s home in Lucknow where she’ll continue her recovery.
Experts suggest that the child needs behavioral, communication and intelligence tests that will help determine her mental faculties and whether she suffered any trauma or torture. Authorities are also trying to determine who the girl’s parents are and how she ended up in the forest. People in rural India must be educated and awakened to the fact that any child irrespective of its gender, race, physical or mental ability is a blessing and not a burden.