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NOIDA: A day after two sisters were rescued from their residence in Sector 29 here, the elder one, Anuradha, died at the Kailash Hospital on Wednesday following cardiac arrest due to malnutrition and multiple organ failure. The condition of her sister, Sonali, also deteriorated during the day but turned stable after she was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit.
Kailash Hospital spokesperson V.V. Joshi said: “Anuradha was declared dead at 8.05 a.m. She died due to severe malnutrition and multiple organ failure that led to a cardiac arrest. Her body has been sent for post-mortem.”
Mr. Joshi said Sonali's condition had also become critical after her blood pressure fell. “Earlier we thought we would keep her in the general ward but after this development she was shifted to the ICU for better management. She has been put on drugs and her vitals are stable. Her blood pressure has also returned to normal and she is responding to treatment. Though she is fully conscious and talking, she is still disoriented and drowsy,” he added.
A magisterial probe has been ordered into the case to look into the circumstances leading to the tragedy.
Meanwhile, the women's brother Vipin Bahl reached the hospital on Tuesday night and accompanied Anuradha's body for the post-mortem on Wednesday. “He also volunteered to donate blood to save his elder sister but unfortunately it did not help,” said Mr. Joshi. Mr. Bahl has reportedly agreed to take care of his surviving sister and bear all expenses of her treatment.
According to the hospital, it would take another month for Sonali to recover fully. “It is a case of malnutrition, dehydration and chronic depression, so it could easily take a month for her to get back to some sense of normality,” Mr. Joshi added.
Confirming the magisterial probe ordered by the District Magistrate, City Magistrate Sanjay Chauhan said: “No case has been registered but a magisterial probe has been ordered. I would be starting the probe from Thursday and submitting a report within the stipulated 45 days.”
“We cannot reveal the aspects that would be covered under the probe as they are confidential. We would be recording statements of all concerned in the matter and admitting concrete evidence if furnished by any of them,” he added.
The two sisters were rescued by a team of social activists and police from their residence after seven months of their remaining in self-imposed confinement. Their brother was living separately with his family in Delhi.
NCW seeks report
Aarti Dhar reports from New Delhi:
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a report from the Noida administration on the sisters having reportedly confined themselves in their apartment.
“The Noida case has disturbed me a lot. We are seeking a report from the administration and the police there. If we are not satisfied, we might constitute a team and visit the spot,” said acting Chairperson Yasmeen Abrar. She said civil society should be more alert, particularly about neighbours.
Ms. Abrar said the matter should be looked into in all seriousness — what prompted self-confinement, whether any property issue was involved, whether the sisters were kept confined and whether media reports reflected the actual situation.
Interacting with journalists after taking charge as Chairperson, Ms. Abrar said she would continue to follow the NCW policy of chalen gaon ke ore (let us go to the village) to ensure freedom for all women.
“A monitoring committee will soon be formed to look into implementation of women-centric laws and other such schemes in States with the help of governments there,” said Ms. Abrar, an NCW member since 2005.
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