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Forsaken by kin, unwanted in clinic

Mahamaya Sen, shunned by her family, has been languishing for the past one-and-a-half years in a south Calcutta nursing home, a stone’s throw from her home.

Park Site Nursing Home has lodged a complaint with police and the state women’s commission, alleging that the family of the 65-year-old Hindustan Park resident was not taking her back home.

“I want to go home. But no one is taking me back,” lamented Mahamaya, lying in her nursing home bed.

Her brother-in-law’s son Neelkantho Sen told Metro: “We are unable to bring her back because of financial problems. We’ve paid the clinic more than a lakh and hope to arrange the rest soon.”

Till November 30, 2007, the dues were around Rs 2.03 lakh.

Mahamaya, who lived in a joint family with her husband and their only daughter, was admitted to the Purna Das Road clinic on July 1, 2006, with an infection in the lower respiratory tract.

“She recovered within a fortnight and we told her family to take her back home. She has a chronic lung problem but doesn’t need to be kept in hospital,” said Debashish Maitra, a partner of the clinic.

Her relatives had said they would take her back within a few days. “More than a year has passed since then, and she’s still here. At times, some relatives would come and pay part of the bill,” Maitra added.

On December 31, she fell off her bed and broke her right leg. The fracture required surgery. In April 2007, Mahamaya’s physician, Arijit Roychowdhury, wrote to the nursing home, saying he was discharging her and that he would not be responsible for her treatment any longer.

On May 22, the clinic had written to the Sens, urging them to pay the bill and take her back. On June 4, Maitra lodged a complaint with the Lake police and the women’s panel.

Sukumar Chakraborty, the officer-in-charge of Lake police station, said: “We had asked the clinic to release her without taking the money and then file a case against the family. But they didn’t do that. The family members, on the other hand, are unwilling to pay the money and take her back.”

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