What happened to ringing the bell?
The horrifying case of the Behl sisters of Noida, Sonali and Anuradha (now no more), who were rescued by an NGO and cops, is making the city ask what happened to the Delhi Government’s 2008 ‘Bell Bajao’ campaign, meant to check on the well-being of one’s neighbours.entertainment Updated: Apr 15, 2011 01:27 IST
The horrifying case of the Behl sisters of Noida, Sonali and Anuradha (now no more), who were rescued by an NGO and cops on Tuesday after months of solitary confinement without food, is making the city ask what happened to the Delhi Government’s 2008 ‘Bell Bajao’ campaign, meant to check on the well-being of one’s neighbours.
The two sisters lay locked and starving for months in a building buzzing with people who passed their place every day. None of them seemed to care enough for what was going on next door.
This could have been prevented had neighbours taken enough initiative to get the girls out of acute depression, say shrinks.
“In metros such as Delhi, people have a very individualistic and capitalistic approach toward life. Often, this leads to withdrawal. Here family, friends and neighbours can play a big role. Basic communication — a handshake, a hug, or a few conversations can go a long way in helping a person break away from anxiety and stress,” says Dr Jitendra Nagpal of Vimhans mental health centre.
“I have been living alone in the city for two years. But, I don’t know my neighbours; neither do they,” says Teena Jha, 22, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase I. Swati Bali, 32, who stays in Dwarka, says it’s a two-way process. “I have a very hectic schedule but I make sure I smile at my neighbours and chat a bit. Things would be better if everyone did that,” she says.
But intrusiveness over concern plays spoilsport, says psychiatrist Deepak Raheja: “We have a tendency to not trust. Everyone needs to be more receptive, as it takes time to confide.”
This is not the first such case. Last year, Shalini Mehra of Saket was found living with her mother’s corpse for over four months.
* The Noida case highlights the disconnect in our lives... People are living their lives in isolation: librassb
* It’s very sad to see how the institution of family is crumbling in metro cities: rajnishonline
* What were the girls’ neighbours doin #lonelynesskills: Shikha24