Music therapy for Orissa`s dalit rape victim

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.

PTI



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

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