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Bhagalpur, Jan. 5: The story of the 40-year-old victim of brutality, who roams the streets of this town, has moved the health minister, the state women’s commission and senior bureaucrats.

Known to all in the town as Pagli (mad woman), the victim suffered first in the hands of a gang of criminals and then her husband. A candlelight march was taken out near Station Chowk yesterday demanding justice for the woman.

Taking notice of the news carried in today’s edition of The Telegraph, state health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey directed Bhagalpur civil surgeon Uday Shanker Choudhary and Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JLNMCH) superintendent Binod Kumar to arrange for special treatment for the woman.

Bhagalpur divisional commissioner Minhaj Alam held discussions with social workers at his office where police produced the woman, along with her mother and brother. Alam spoke with them and requested social activists to admit the victim to JLNMCH.

“Let the doctors first examine the patient. According to their advice, we could arrange for better treatment for her,” he said. He said senior police officers have been asked to find out the case history and then take appropriate measures.

Chandramukhi Devi, a member of the state women’s commission, said from Patna that their team would visit the victim’s family on January 8. “Our programme had to be deferred as the Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police has sought two days’ time to arrange old documents of the case,” Devi said.

Deputy superintendent of police Bina Kumari said: “We are searching the records, which are not readily available. After verifying the records we can speak on the case.”

The health minister said: “Doctors found the girl in an advanced stage of mental shock. She needs proper treatment at some mental asylum, either in Ranchi or Agra.”