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Geetanjali sent back to hospital

Former model Geetanjali Nagpal was on Friday sent by a court in New Delhi to three more weeks in VIMHANS hospital, reports Naziya Alvi
Hindustan Times | By Naziya Alvi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2007 02:23 AM IST

A CITY court on Friday sent former model Geetanjali Nagpal to three more weeks in VIMHANS hospital where she was admitted for rehabilitation after found begging on the streets of the Capital.

The Metropolitan Magistrate, in accordance with the Mental Health Act, 1987, extended her detention as an in-patient of the city hospital after noting treatment was required for her overall recovery and health. The magistrate has also asked psychiatrist Jitender Nagpal, who has been looking after Nagpal on the direction of the court, to submit a complete report on her mental state on a weekly basis till October 26.

Thirty-two-year-old Nagpal, who is under the care of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), was admitted to VIMHANS on September 3, following permission from the court.

The former model was found begging in Hauz Khas area by a photojournalist and seemed to have nowhere to go, as her family disowned her. Government agencies floundered in finding a shelter for her and took hours to decide on how to rehabilitate her. Nagpa once walked the ramp for top designers and was a contemporary of the likes of Bollywood star Sushmita Sen.

In Psychiatric jargon, Geetanjali is suffering from acute-psychosis, which requires urgent medication, support, care for personal hygiene and protection from aggressive or damaging behavior. Doctors say Gitanjali has been identified as an aimless wanderer living in isolation with poor self-care and hygiene. Symptoms such as suspicious, abusive and tendency to get into easy altercation makes her a victim of acute-psychosis.

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