In April 2017, six-year-old Madhuri Singh was admitted to hospital in Mumbai, India, with a blood clot in her leg.
She had been on the ventilator, but she did not respond to treatment.
She was declared brain dead and her family started searching for answers.
Their search ended when Madhumi’s mother, Gauri, found a Facebook post in her daughter’s hospital notes.
She told a news channel that she had heard that Madhuris death was related to her eating disorder.
Gauri and her husband, Vinay, immediately began a search for answers, which led them to an online forum called The Babysitters Club.
Gauris family member, Pankaj Mishra, wrote to the group, asking for any details about Madhudi’s case.
In the end, Mishra’s parents discovered a post in which Madhudis family members mentioned that the family had gone to the hospital to ask for help for her.
According to Mishra and her mother, Madhulis death came about because of the pressure of the pressures of her eating disorders.
“I wanted her to recover but there was no one to help us.
My mother said she could not go back to her home, as she did suffer from a stroke,” Mishra told The Hindu.
The family had already filed a police complaint.
Madhula’s parents also contacted police.
When asked why, the police said they were unable to find any details on Madhuti’s death.
But on March 26, 2017, the Mumbai police registered a case against Gauri Mishra on the complaint of Madhuli’s family members, alleging that she posted a false report of Madu’s death on Facebook.
“Madhuri was one of the very few girls to be diagnosed with anorexic behaviour,” said Rajesh Kumar, a paediatrician who examined Madhadi in Mumbai’s Shree Nagar Hospital.
“She was a very happy child.
She loved school, sports, music, going to concerts, and was very independent.
Madhur was not in any trouble.
However, her mother’s mental state deteriorated.
She started to feel agitated and was not at her best,” Kumar told The Indian Express.
“The girl was a shy child and very shy.
She also had a problem with her body.
She never had any trouble eating.
But when she got married, she was in a much worse state.”
The family was not given any information about Madhu’s death and were left to wonder what had happened to their daughter.
In April, the Bombay High Court ordered the police to take a report on Madhu and to take action against her.
“It is the first time in our lives that the Bombay police have taken such action.
But Madhushu had no idea what was happening and we were shocked to find out,” Gauri said.
Guri and her brother, Vinu, filed a petition against Gaurav Mishra.
The petition was filed in the Bombay HC in July 2017.
“We were very happy that we got justice.
We were surprised to see that there was not any investigation in Madhupuri’s death,” Gauri said.
On December 22, 2017 the Mumbai High Court had granted the parents a petition to file an FIR against Gavish Mishra in the case.
“This was the first case in the history of our country in which we got a death certificate of a child’s death as a result of eating disorders,” said Gaur.
“But there was a delay in filing the FIR because we were told that the police were conducting an inquiry.
We then had to fight to get the report filed,” Gavei said, adding that the case is still ongoing.
“There are many other cases of parents who have died of eating disorder related to their children, but the police have failed to investigate them,” said Kailash Srivastava, a law professor.
Srivakar, who heads the Centre for the Study of Eating Disorders (CSEDD) at the University of Cambridge, believes that this case is different.
“A child’s health has a direct bearing on the quality of their life, and it has been shown that the death of a healthy child can have major effects on the child’s mental health,” he said.
It is not a mental disorder, and anorexes cannot be considered mentally ill. “
Anorexia is not an eating disease.
It is not a mental disorder, and anorexes cannot be considered mentally ill.
The mental health is not affected by anorextia, and even when it is, it is only temporary,” he added.
“So why was there a delay when the death certificate was filed?
In India, parents who die from an eating-disorder-related condition are not considered mentally incompetent