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Rajasthan woman reunites with son 10 years after he went to jail for murder

The woman, Dali Bai, from Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh, spent eight years in a mental asylum without any mental illness before being reunited with her son.

jaipur Updated: Jan 28, 2018 22:07 IST
Sohail Khan
Sohail Khan
Hindustan Times, Udaipur
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Dali Bai meets her son Mohan in the open jail in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar.(HT Photo.)

The Udaipur district and sessions judge helped an aged woman reunite with her son 10 years after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for committing a murder.

The woman, Dali Bai, 65, from Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh, spent eight years in a mental asylum without any mental illness before being reunited with her son.

Dali Bai’s husband, Bhura Jatiya, died more than 10 years back and around the same time her son, Mohan, was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder in 2008.

The woman, who is blind, lived alone for more than two years after her son’s conviction then one day she boarded a bus for Udaipur to meet her son where he was lodged in a prison.

On reaching Udaipur, she could not meet her son as he had been shifted to the Sriganganagar central jail, said Santosh Kumar Menaria of Udaipur’s district legal services authority (DLSA), who helped mother-son duo reunite.

“Dali Bai was hit by a vehicle when she arrived in Udaipur and was rushed to the MB Hospital,” he said.

“When she gained consciousness, she began crying for her son. The hospital authorities, assuming that she was mentally unstable, shifted her to a mental hospital.”

In 2016, sister Damium, a num from Udaipur’s Ashadham Ashram met Dali Bai, who narrated her story to her. Damium approached the DLSA to help the aged woman reunite with her son.

“I requested Udaipur district judge Devendra Kacchawaha to help the woman live with her son as she was a destitute,” said Menaria.

When DLSA officials found that Mohan was not in the Udaipur central jail, they started looking for him and it took them a year to find out that he had been shifted to an open jail in Sriganganagar.

DLSA officials convinced Mohan to a write to the Udaipur district judge, requesting the court to reunite him with his aged mother as she had no one to look after her.

After receiving Mohan’s letter, the district judge directed Udaipur chief judicial magistrate Dinesh Kumar Nagori to collect the details of the case and take necessary action, Menaria said.

After investigations, the court allowed the woman to be sent to her son to live with him in the Sriganganagar open jail.

“On January 14, she was reunited with her son. She had never seen her son due to her blindness but recognized him by his voice,” Menaria said.

In open jails, prisoners are allowed to live with their family members.

First Published: Jan 28, 2018 21:49 IST