Dehradun : Wearing a white frock with violet flowers and her two tiny legs in plaster, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, who has attracted media attention after she got separated in the deluge from her parents in Kedarnath and was rescued, is not happy just clutching her big bright doll.
She demands attention and wants those taking care of her to take her out from the drab, white-walled hospital room to the bright sunshine outside in her pink pushcart. But that too soon bores her and she cries and asks for ‘mama’ and ‘papa’.
There is no answer from those around her – mostly NGOs, women workers of Bal Vikas and Aganwadi – and the many who come to see ‘the wonder kid’ from far and wide. No one knows how to fulfil the one wish the girl is asking for. Everyday dozens of people come to see the girl, who escaped the wrath of nature, but got separated from her family in the June 14-17 incessant rains and cloudburst that triggered landslides leading to hundreds of death and an equal number of people going missing in Uttarakhand’s Mandakini and Alaknanda valleys.
The girl was reportedly picked up by a driver, crying and in a pitiable state from Kedarnath area, and was handed over to the state authorities. She was first admitted to a hospital Rishikesh with broken legs and was then shifted to the Dehradun-based Doon Hospital on June 24. Since then, she has become the centre of attention. Newspapers and electronic media highlighted her plight, posters were put up as well as advertisements in the hope that someone, somewhere
would recognise her and identify her.
But no one has come forward to claim her so far. Apart from curious onlookers, there have been many whose hearts melted when they saw the little girl crying for ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ and there were many eyes that shed tears for the girl, who perhaps would never get to see her biological parents.
As the girl cannot speak anything apart from ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ no one knows her real name. Finally, she has been given the name of ‘Pari’ or fairy. The hospital register shows her parents as ‘unknown’.
Pari has adjusted to her new environment, said nurse Geeta Rawat. “The initial days were very difficult – for her and also for us. She continuously cried for her parents. We didn’t know how to make her stop. Both her legs are on plaster and it will take at least a few months to heal. She has now adjusted to this hospital, her room and the people around her. She has started eating now. But, yes, she still pines for her parents,” Rawat said.