Labelled 'crazy woman'
Purna was born 54 years ago in an orthodox Hindu family. She got married at the age of 12 and became the mother of three children. But her behaviour was slowly changing. She moved back to Nepal, but due to her developing mental illness she had difficulties finding her place in the local community. Her husband was at that time still working in India. She was indeed in the need of support and nourishment, but instead she felt that the neighborhood was against her. She was labeled as Bahaulai (a crazy woman).
Purna’s condition was worsening to the point where she became unable to care for and about the people around her. According to her relatives she remained in such a hateful condition for about fifteen years. Other people kept her at a distance, and believed that she was being punished for her previous life. As a result of her illness, her children lived like orphans instead of getting the care they needed.
partner Koshish heard that a so called 'crazy woman' was locked up in a Health Post. The woman was Purna, and she was in a heart wrenching condition. They went there as soon as possible and were able to bring her to Kathmandu for treatment, including both medicine and counselling. At the Lagankhel Mental Hospital she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.