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    Jozy, Farida, Rahim, Krader… wait for a Bajrangi Bhaijaan in their real life

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    Jozy, Farida, Rahim, Krader… wait for a Bajrangi Bhaijaan in their real life

    NL Correspondent

    SRINAGAR: At Srinagar's Psychiatric Hospital, few patients who almost stand cured are looking for a Bajrangi Bhaijaan to reunite with their families the whereabouts of whom are unknown to them. They have lost connection with their families and are being nursed at the hospital for years.

    Nobody at the hospital knows their real name but calling them by different names.  One among them has been mentioned as Jozy in the hospital records and appears like the natives of West Bengal. She would be around 18 years. She according to hospital staff was brought there in January, 2014 by the police. “Police had found her somewhere on the street. After noticing her unusual behavior, she was brought to the hospital. She has shown a huge improvement over the years. We don't know her real name but everyone calls her Jozy and she too understands that,” a hospital staff member while looking after her in ward No 5 of the hospital said. “She gave some clues about her native village but we are yet to trace her family. We hope one day she will be reunited with her family.”

    Another one has been named as Fareeda and is almost the age of Jozy. She was brought to the hospital by the police in 2013. She speaks mixed Kashmiri and Pahari. “She is telling something like Drugmul as her residence. We contacted some people from Drugmul but have not traced her family so far,” the official said. The official said both were brought to the hospital in a bad condition. “There has been a huge improvement in their over the years.”

    They may be communicating through words or facial expression, eat on their own and play to each other and assist the other patients but prefer to remain silent to strangers. “For outsiders it may sometimes become difficult to understand them but those who treat, nurse them, understand what they want to say,” the official said.

    Dr Arshid Hussain, a psychiaritist at the hospital, said these girls are fit to live with the family and can live a normal life. “They responded to the medication very fast but still they need love and affection of their families. We are making all efforts to reunite them with their families,” he said.

    In the same ward is a Kashmiri Pandit woman, 42, who hardly speaks to anyone. She was brought to the hospital in 1990 during the large scale exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Valley. She too has no connection with her family although they know their daughter is being nursed at the hospital.

    There is also one male patient whose family is also yet to be traced. He has been named as Rahim Bakerwal, who was brought five years ago to the hospital. He was arrested from Humhama after forces noticed some suspicion about him. After found him mentally ill, he was brought to the hospital. The hospital officials believe that he may be from Rajouri or Poonch area.

    The hospital administration repose a full faith that they will be able to trace their families one day. The doctors have succeed in finding families of three other patients since 2013, who too had lost connection with their families.  “We are making continuous efforts to trace their families so that they get reunited like hospital administration did in the past,” Dr Arshid said.

    It was in 2013 when Krader Tripathi, 55, regained his memory and told the name of his native village.

    The miracle of reuniting him with his family after 23-years happened following the doctors surfed his village on Google Earth. They finally got in contact with the concerned police station that finally conveyed the news to his family. Then Tripathi's brother and nephew came to Srinagar and took him along to their home.

    Even there has been some incidents when some patients by the families after regaining their mental stability. This is what happened with Mathur Bhai Padhiyar of Gujarat when his family was not ready to own him for three years despite knowing he was being nursed at the hospital. He had come along with a group of Gujarati pilgrims to Amarnath cave shrine. After noticing his unusual behaviour, police had brought him to the hospital in 2006.

    It was in 2013, Mathur regained his memory and told the name of his village which was then traced through Google Earth. After informing the family, there was no response from their side.

    After media highlighted that a Gujarati man regained his memory after seven years, there was judicial intervention of District Legal Services Authority and Mathur was reunited with his family in April 2016.

    Similarly, this year another man from West Bengal was also sent back home who had lost connection with him family and was nursed at the hospital for many years. The doctors too traced his village on the internet and finally he reunited with the family.

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