Music therapy for Orissa`s dalit rape victim
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Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012, 20:52
Bhubaneswar: With super specialist doctors treating dalit rape victim of Pipili in Orissa sceptical about her complete recovery due to part functioning of her brain, authorities of SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack on Friday decided to try music therapy for her cure.

"After consultations with Dr Bhabani Shankar Das, former director of National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans) and super specialists in AIIMS, Delhi, we have decided to take help of the music therapy in order to bring back normalcy in the victim," hospital superintendent DN Mohapatra told agency.

Claiming that treatment given to the 19-year-old girl had been appreciated by experts of AIIMS, Delhi, the hospital superintendent said a senior doctor from VSS Medical College Hospital in Burla, has been hired to start music therapy.

As the girl, according to her parents, was fond of music while active, the 13-member super specialist team of the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack, decided to try the music therapy. "We hope the girl will respond to the new method of treatment," the superintendent said.

Among the choices made for the treatment of the girl, the hospital authorities have decided to play devotional songs dedicated to Lord Jagannath and Lord Shiv in slow pitch, they said adding they were hopeful of the girl's recovery.

"Besides, voices of her parents and close relatives will also be played to activate her brain cells which remained dormant for some days," he said.

Dr Das, who had examined the girl yesterday, found slight improvement in her condition today and hoped that musical therapy could help further.

"Although appropriate treatment is being provided to the girl at the hospital in Cuttack, she has remote chances of getting fully cured," Dr Das has stated.

Stating that alleged rape and attempt to kill her took place about seven weeks ago, Dr Das has stated the improvement shown by the patient till date is not satisfactory.

Though she is opening her eyes a little, her limb movement has been nil. "This is due to lack of oxygen supply to her brain," he said.

The girl, hailing from Arjungada village under Pipili area in Puri district, was allegedly raped and faced attempted strangulation. As her brain cells were severely damaged in the incident, the girl slipped to coma since November 28, 2011 though she could now be stated to be in semi-comatose stage, the doctors said.


First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012, 20:52

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