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OMMCOM NEWS IMPACT: Chained Kendrapada Theatre Actress Is Now Completely Free & Independent


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30 November 2017

Biswa Prakash Beja


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Kendrapada: Badani Samal, the 19-yr-old theatre actress who was seen chained by her parents at their home due to her mental illness can be seen now humming a folk song and cooking for the family. She is now a normal young girl doing the usual chores of the household.

Four months back, OMMCOM NEWS had covered this case of young theatre artist from Baraja Bahakuda village under Mahakalpada block of Kendrapada. Not only did it carry the story with reactions from her parents and neighbours projecting the pathetic situation of this young actress, it also informed the CM Office and State Health Department.

The Health Secretary Pramod Ku Meherda promptly acted and directed the the Kendrapada Collector to co-ordinate with mental health institute at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack to get her admitted immediately.

“As the media bhai put forth our woes, the government helped us and arranged for the treatment of my daughter in the SCB Medical College and Hospital. The daughter, whom we used to tie in chains, has now fully recovered, thanks to the media and the government,” said Siba Samal, the overjoyed father.

The mother cannot believe in the ‘change of fate’ of her daughter.

“Earlier, she didn’t even recognise us as her parents. She used to be so violent earlier, thrashing the kids of neighbourhood. She was not even able to dress herself and used to soil her clothes. But now, she sometimes cooks, goes out for fishing and even cleans up the house. She is totally normal now. I am very happy for her,” cried out her mother Puspa Samal overwhelmingly.

Badani was diagnosed to be suffering from schizophrenia (a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves) but with a proper treatment for around two and half months, this poor family now leads a normal life.

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Badani Samal, Theatre Actress

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Puspa Samal, Mother

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Siba Samal, Father

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Biswa Prakash Beja, Correspondent, OMMCOM NEWS