Parvati Devi

Shrimati Parvati Devi (name changed) is about 33 years old. She is physically fit, with a medium height and a fair complexion. Ram Pujan Yadav is her husband’s name. They have two children and the family is from Ambedkarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh.

Parvati Devi’s mental problems started at a very young age. She received medical treatment locally and maintained a normal life. Meanwhile, she got married and had children. As the days progressed her mental problems relapsed after 6 years of the marriage. As stated by her she discontinued taking medicines due to the paucity of resources and the wandering tendency, as a result, had returned.

One day she left home; reached the local Railway station and boarded a train. The train subsequently brought Parvati to Kolkata. She was found loitering in the streets aimlessly; the Kolkata Police rescued her and got Parvati admitted in Calcutta Pavlov Hospital. She was at the late stage of her pregnancy and delivered a baby boy at National Medical College Hospital. She remained in Pavlov Hospital but her child was relocated in All Bengal Women’s Union, Elliot Road, Kolkata. Parvati Devi was brought to Paripurnata Halfway Home on 07th July 2015 for rehabilitation. She, during her stay at Paripurnata, had undergone a time bound psychosocial rehabilitation program. Parvati responded well to medical treatment & therapies and actively participated in housekeeping and other activities.

It is well mentioning that Parvati was able to tell us her husband’s name and details of family members. She also informed us the name of her village, nearby areas and the district town. The Psychologist of Paripurnata searched the internet and identified nearby Police station of that area. She made phone calls and informed the Police about Parvati Devi. The station in-Charge was very cooperative. He, within a week, traced the village and Parvati’s husband as well. We requested the Officer In-charge to provide our phone number to Parvati’s husband.

Shri Ram Pujan Yadav, Parvati’s husband called Paripurnata well soon and talked to his wife. We also interacted with him. He, as per our suggestion, visited Paripurnata and it was his first visit to Kolkata. He was very happy meeting his wife after a long time. Shri Ram Pujan subsequently made several visits to Paripurnata and we together finalised November 16th, 2015 as the date to release Parvati from Paripurnata.

Shri Ram Pujan reached Paripurnata on the penultimate day. The team comprising Shri Ram Pujan, Parvati and the Psychologist met All Bengal Women’s Union Authority on 18th. November 2015. The ABWU authority preferred contacting CWC UP before handing over Parvati’s child to the family. Parvati Devi finally left Paripurnata Halfway Home on 18th November 2015 with her husband. We, as per her phone calls, understand that the family is doing well.

Rehabilitation and restoration with Family

Shalini D’Rozario (name changed), daughter of Mr. Suneel D’Rozario (name changed), is a resident of east Kolkata, West Bengal. She is approximately 25 years old with a medium build. Shalini lost her mother when she was about 7 years old. Meanwhile, she was admitted to an English medium school and studied up to standard VI. Her father worked in Maharastra province hence she lived with her aunt. Shalini, as stated by her, was ill-treated by her aunt and quite often faced physical violence. Meanwhile, her father remarried and Shalini started living with her parents.

At this juncture of her life, she developed mental illness; was irregular at school and slowly stopped going to school. Early symptoms of her mental illness reflected in her confused appearance and a wandering tendency. Shalini, at the initial stage of her mental illness, was admitted to a rehabilitation center in Kolkata for a short while. And later on, she was shifted to a private mental hospital and stayed there for almost 2 years. Shalini, once back from the rehabilitation centre, reduced mingling with others and became seclude. She, due to her wandering tendency, used to loiter aimlessly in the streets of her locality. Her neighbours most of the time helped her return back home.

One day Shalini left her home without informing anybody. She was found loitering on the streets of Kolkata far away from her home. The Kolkata Police rescued her and got her admitted into Calcutta Pavlov Government Hospital at Gobra, Kolkata – 700046 on 19th September 2013.  She was diagnosed with SCHIZO affective disorder with mild retardation. Shalini was inducted to Paripurnata Halfway Home for psycho-social rehabilitation on 24th December 2015.

Shalini, during her stay at Paripurnata Halfway Home, had undergone a time bound psychosocial rehabilitation program. She responded well to medical treatment and therapies. Shalini improved noticeably well; gained a balanced mental status and actively took part in household activities. Shalini was one of the active participants in cultural programs at Paripurnata Halfway Home.

We, meanwhile, traced Shalini’s house as she was able to provide a bit of her postal address. The Program Coordinator of Paripurnata visited her house and interacted with her parents. The Psychologist also met with the D’Rozario family and observed a high acceptance level among the family members.

The D’Rozario family was always in touch with Paripurnata and visited it on several occasions. Shalini also went home on graded exposure during festivals. Such home visits proved fruitful and as the days progressed Shalini became physically fit; mentally stable and regained a balanced mental status appropriate for reintegration with her parents.

Shalini was finally discharged from Paripurnata Halfway Home on December 23rd, 2016. Her father came to Paripurnata and took her custody. The D’Rozario family members were very to receive Shalini back home and appreciated the role of Paripurnata.