The story of the "Mowgli" girl is starting to develop. At first when she was rescued in January, it was believed that she was living with monkeys in an Indian forest. Although not knowing how she got there, locals believe she was abandoned years ago. She was dubbed the "Mowgli" girl because of the story's similarities with The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling's tale about a boy of the same name brought up by wolves.
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The story is truly sad.
Our hopes is that they find a family to care for her. We are glad she is now finally safe
According to The Guardian:
The discovery of a girl reportedly living with monkeys in the forests of northern India has been compared to a modern-day Jungle Book but officials and doctors close to the child say the true story is darker.
This week news reports from the state of Uttar Pradesh said the girl, aged around eight, had been found by forest rangers in January living with monkeys. She was reportedly naked, crawled on all fours and screeched at passersby.
According to more extraordinary accounts police had been forced to fight off monkeys to rescue the girl.
But far from being raised by animals in the Katarniya Ghat forest range, the girl, who doctors believe has mental and physical disabilities, was likely to have been recently abandoned in the wilderness by her carers, the district chief forestry officer said.
JP Singh said the girl was actually found on a roadside near the forest, not deep in the wilderness. And though there were monkeys in her vicinity, his rangers “never found this girl living with monkeys”, he said.
“I think the family members of this girl had been aware that she is not able to speak, and they may have abandoned her near the forest road,” he said. “If she was living with monkeys it would have been for a few days only, not for a long time.
“When she was found, she was behaving violently. She had no toilet habits, no communication. So it was taken that she had been living in the jungle for long,” he said.
But the rapid improvement she had made since being hospitalised now led doctors to believe she had in fact been raised by people. “Initially she was crawling but now she is walking normally – so she hasn’t been in the jungle since birth,” Lal said.
“The truth of the matter is her family didn’t want to look after her,”