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Updated: July 25, 2013 11:56 IST

Divya expresses wish to pursue studies, say psychiatrists

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N. Divya. Photo: V. Ganesan
N. Divya. Photo: V. Ganesan

A team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists submits report to HC

A team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists who counselled Divya of Dharmapuri informed the Madras High Court on Wednesday that she had expressed her wish to pursue her studies and had a positive thinking about her future.

The report was submitted to a Division Bench, comprising Justices M. Jaichandren and M.M. Sundresh, when a writ petition seeking a CBI enquiry into the death of E. Ilavarasan of Dharmapuri came up for hearing.

The marriage of Ilavarasan, who belonged to a scheduled caste, and Divya, a caste Hindu, led to the suicide of the girl’s father Nagaraj of Chellankottai. The suicide sparked mob fury in Dharmapuri district on November 7. The body of Ilavarasan was found near a railway track in Dharmapuri on July 4. The petitioner, S. Jimraj Milton, Chennai branch secretary of the Human Rights Protection Centre, Tamil Nadu, had sought a probe by the Central agency into Ilavarasan’s death as investigation by the State police was “ineffective”.

In the report submitted through the Government Pleader, S.T.S. Moorthy and the Special Government Pleader, I.S.Inbadurai, the team consisting of K.S.Ravishankar, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Government Dharmapuri Medical College, V. Sabitha, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health (IMH), and A.G. Shanthi, Assistant Professor/Clinical Psychologist, IMH, said she was counselled on two days from July 19 for four hours. She cooperated in the interview. She communicated well. The doctors said she was counselled to proceed towards an optimistic future.

“She was taught coping skills and relaxation techniques to overcome the anxiety. Supportive psychotherapy was given to sustain the adaptive atmosphere and direct her towards a practical life. Her family members were also taught coping strategies and adaptive skills.”

According to the team, Divya and her family members felt better after the sessions. They said the sessions were satisfying and helpful and felt that it was enough for now.

“They further added that they would contact the local psychiatric department if needed in future.”

As regards counselling for Ilavarasan’s parents, they did not turn up. When approached, they said they were engaged in performing the rites for their son.

Meanwhile, when a habeas corpus petition (HCP) filed by Divya’s mother, L.Thenmozhi, earlier also came up before the Bench, a counsel Rupert Barnabas said the petition should be treated as closed. An endorsement had already been made on the petition for treating the petition as dismissed as withdrawn. But, Mr. Justice Jaichandren orally observed that the court had not passed any order. Counsel R.Sankarasubbu, appearing for the other side, said the petition should not be closed in view of the developments in the matter.

The Bench posted the writ petition for next week. It reserved orders on the HCP.

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More than all the caste debates that are on in this matter a serious recheck should be done on the state of maturity of our teenagers or youngsters. The fancy movies and other videos are stuff corrupting their minds and straying them from the path of thinking about the progress of the country. They are more into doing things that are meant to be 'cool', buying or forcing guardians into buying things which are of minimal meaningful use to them and thus 'punching above their weight' in illusions and feigning themselves as superstars. There are a very few young ones who have any direction in life. Also dont count those 'entrance crackers' who think more about the 'money' among those who have a direction. Well this is my opinion and you can continue with caste system bashing

from:  Ramachandra
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 11:50 IST

Better to close this matter as such incidents do happen on and often and everywhere instead of giving it a weak community vs strong community color

from:  kasthuri rangan
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 11:16 IST

Though empathetic about the whole situation, some questions keep coming to mind. What if the identities of the individuals involved were the other way around. Will the Police, High Court, Media, Psychiatrists ... show the same sensible approach on the issue? Questions are what if the girl was a dalit and the boy was a caste hindu? What if it was the boy's father (a dalit) who committed suicide earlier on this issue? What if the 'suicide' of the boy was less evident? Apparently the special efforts for being 'clean' and 'politically correct' in the investigations and ordering counseling from the Police & High Court in this case invite attention. Does it sound like the joy of winning a sure game against weak opponents? At the same time earning some 'bonus points'?! Very rare and interesting developments !

from:  Guna
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 09:27 IST

Wait.. why would her family need counseling? They would be very happy that the person they considered less than human is dead.

from:  nikodd
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 09:09 IST

This news does not deserve a space in thehindu.com

from:  Murali krish
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 08:56 IST

The Indian Politicians the so called Political leaders, Caste leaders are the one the psychiatrists should tame / teach / counsel.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 07:58 IST
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