Unable to bear the loss of her daughter, the 46-year-old mother of the Delhi gang-rape victim collapsed today and was rushed to a hospital where she was treated for a "grief reaction".
Doctors at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in west Delhi said the woman underwent through check-ups and was discharged in the evening as "she was doing fine".
A senior doctor said the woman was brought to the hospital at around 8.10am after her daughter's cremation and was rushed to the Emergency department where she was treated for "grief reaction".
Grief reaction comprises somatic and psychological symptoms associated with extreme sorrow or loss, specifically of a loved one.
Doctors said the woman appeared very weak and it seemed she had not had proper food while her daughter was battling for life for nearly two weeks. She became unconscious for some time in the morning after the cremation of her daughter, whose body was brought in the wee hours from Singapore.
"Once she was brought to the hospital, the woman was thoroughly checked. We even performed CT scan and other diagnosis on her. She is completely fine now and was discharged in the evening," Dr SP Barua, Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, told PTI.
He said the woman was frail and was unable to bear the loss of her daughter.
"It also looks like she had not had proper food for the past 10-12 days and she is very weak. We call it the grief effect," the doctor said.
Doctors said the victim's mother must have been anxious and disturbed for the past couple of weeks which had taken a toll on her and this was the reason she collapsed.
The victim's parents had undergone psychiatric counselling along with the girl after the brutal attack that has sparked national outpouring of grief and anger.