After reports emerged that an eight-year-old girl was found living in a forest with a troop of monkeys, police and forest officials have denied that any such incident took place. According to them, the girl was found roadside in Bahraich by a police sub inspector earlier in January. The girl was mentally retarded and admitted in hospital since then, they added.
Earlier, reports suggested the young girl was spotted naked with matted hair, sharp ‘claws’ and tanned skin by the locals who informed the police about the strange sighting after which the officials ‘rescued’ the girl from Katarniyaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh. Ever since the news has grabbed international attention, the girl has been referred as ‘Girl Mowgl’, based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel The Jungle Book. It also said that the unknown girl was comfortable amid the wild animals and felt scared in presence of other human beings.
According to news agency PTI, the monkeys put up a stiff resistance before humans who were trying to rescue the girl, while she herself screamed out loud whenever any human tried to approach her.
The girl was admitted to a hospital in Bahraich for medical treatment. In a statement to PTI, Chief Medical Superintendent DR D K Singh said that the girl has communication issues and screams whenever someone goes near her, which is why it is becoming difficult to treat her. Assistant Superintendent of Police Dinesh Tripathi was quoted as saying by PTI that there was no information as to who the girl was and her behaviour indicated that she had been living with monkeys.
In an interview to Hindustan Times, Tripathi had said that treatment for two months at Bahraich hospital had helped the girl a little. “Now she understands signals and is able to identify the ward boy, nurse and other medical staff. It seems the girl had been abandoned in the forest area at an early age,” he said. According to the report, the child had been learning human behaviour quickly, though still continues to walk on all fours. Tripathi told the newspaper that his request to institutionalise the girl to adapt human behaviour was turned down by the authorities.