At the Parmar home in Dahisar, one-year-old Krishna sits on his grandfather Chandubai’s lap, tugging at his ear. “Look at him, he looks like Ganpati Bappa with his big, flapping ears. He was born only four days before Ganesh Chaturthi last year,” said the beaming 65-year-old grandfather.
The cheerful atmosphere in the one-room house seems a far cry from the trauma the family underwent after Krishna’s premature birth last year. Last October, Krishna’s mother, Deepika, 30, threw his twin sister out of a window at KEM Hospital. The baby girl later died of her injuries.
Deepika was treated at KEM’s psychiatry department. Dr Shubhangi Parkar, the head of the department, diagnosed her as suffering from post-partum depression, a type of clinical depression that affects mothers after childbirth.
After a month of psychiatric treatment, Deepika was arrested on charges of murder and later released on bail. The court has fixed November 24 as the date for framing of charges against Deepika. Dr Parkar hopes that her medical report, which states that she took the step because she was suffering from post-partum depression, will help the court reach a fair decision.
Dr Parkar is satisfied with Deepika’s recovery and gives credit to her “supportive” family. “Even after the incident, I remember Manish (Deepika's husband) had said that he knew his wife could not do such an act and that there was something wrong. The family understood her and stood by her.”
Manish, who works as a tailor, said that the tension surrounding the birth of the twins, who were born in the seventh month of pregnancy, could have tipped Deepika over the edge. “Both our children were sick for more than a month. I was running around from one hospital to another looking for incubators. We did not have money.”
Both Manish’s parents, Chandubai and Vasumati, were sick at the time of the incident. Manish was recovering from a bout of leprosy. The family has borrowed about Rs 3.5 lakh which they are yet to repay.