A victim of fate, Padma an inmate of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Hospital (MHRH), Shimla is soon set for a homecoming to her native state Karnataka.
The move has been made possible after the Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy directed for her return, which was taken up by the Mysuru administration who contacted the authorities of MHRH.
MHRH, Senior Medical Superintendent, Sanjay Pathak said that the Deputy Commissioner Mysuru had recently got in touch with him and informed that a team will be coming from Mysuru to take her back to Karnataka.
After the formalities are completed she will be handed over to the team for translocation, he added.
He disclosed that Padma in mid-forties had been brought to the hospital two years ago after she was referred from Dr Rajinder Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra. She was found roaming on the streets of Kangra in an abnormal state of mind, he added.
Already suffering a major mental illness, miseries doubled up for the Kannada speaking Padma, owing to language barrier to communicate with others as she could speak neither Hindi nor English.
Overcoming her language barrier, she was found to be a resident Karnataka who was married in Palia village. A few years into her marriage she was abandoned by her husband, who married another woman.
She moved back to her paternal home in Kamlapura village. While her grandmother was seeking treatment at the hospital at Bengaluru, she was robbed by thieves when she had ventured out to buy medicines. The thieves rendered her unconscious and threw her into a train.
Unknowingly traversing over 2,500 kms, from south India to the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, she somehow wandered into Kangra district.
“We were trying to get her shifted to her home state that was taking lot of time. However, media has played a significant role in taking up the matter both in Himachal and Karnataka. The matter was brought to the notice of the newly inducted Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy by a journalist in Karnataka, after which the turn of events for better took shape,” said Pathak.
Kumaraswamy on Monday had directed DC Mysuru for her return to Karnataka.