Thane woman suf­fer­ing from hir­sutism dies, kin blames so­ci­ety

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: A 30-year-old woman, who was suf­fer­ing from acute de­pres­sion died on Satur­day af­ter she was ad­mit­ted to Kalwa hospi­tal on Fri­day.

The woman had a con­di­tion called hir­sutism, which cre­ates a male pat­tern of hair growth in women.

The po­lice said the fam­ily has al­leged that she was de­pressed as she was teased all the time by her col­leagues and neigh­bours.

Pr­erna Thakur (name changed), a res­i­dent of Wa­gle Es­tate in Thane, had done her Msc and was work­ing in lab­o­ra­tory de­part­ment in a pharma firm at Ghan­soli.

Her fam­ily said that her health de­te­ri­o­rated in the past cou­ple of years be­cause of her de­pres­sion. She had run away from home but she was re­united with her fam­ily.

In five years, she changed six jobs be­cause of her con­di­tion and the ha­rass­ment from col­leagues.

“My daugh­ter was termed as a eu­nuch. She was a bril­liant stu­dent and was earn­ing well. Peo­ple made fun of her, and she re­treated into a shell. We couldn’t get a groom for her as men re­jected her be­cause of her con­di­tion,” said the mother, adding that Satur­day was her birth­day.

“She was ad­mit­ted to Kalwa hospi­tal on Fri­day for acute stom­ach pain and vom­it­ing. Doc­tors said she died of the in­fec­tion in the in­tes­tine which had spread. They said her de­pres­sion killed her. Peo­ple’s jibes added to her pain,” she said.

A po­lice of­fi­cer from Thane com­mis­sion­er­ate said, “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing all an­gles. We will take the state­ments of the par­ents again.”

Shailesh Umate, a psy­chi­a­trist from Thane, said, “The hor­monal im­bal­ance leads to hir­sutism. In such cases de­pres­sion is com­mon and at the same time fam­ily plays a vi­tal role in sup­port­ing pa­tients emo­tion­ally. The so­ci­ety should un­der­stand the med­i­cal con­di­tion and deal with such peo­ple sym­pa­thet­i­cally.”

The hor­monal im­bal­ance leads to hir­sutism. In such cases de­pres­sion is com­mon and at the same time fam­ily plays a vi­tal role in sup­port­ing pa­tients emo­tion­ally.

SHAILESH UMATE, psy­chi­a­trist

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