Monday, December 8, 2008

Former model found begging on the streets of Delhi

New Delhi, September 4: Once a top model on the fashion ramp and now forced to beg for a living, the story of Geetanjali Nagpal is an astonishing tale of a person going from riches to rags.

Disowned by her family, the 32-year-old former model, a contemporary of the likes of Bollywood star Sushmita Sen, with her matted hair, dirty clothes and unwashed look, now presents a picture of utter poverty.

Nagpal, who was found begging in a market in South Delhi by a photojournalist Friday, is now under the care of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

According to doctors at the VIMHANS Hospital, where she was taken by the DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh, Nagpal suffers from psychosis and needs to be hospitalised.

There was some confusion amongst the authorities on how to deal with Nagpal's case. DCW took her to VIMHANS, but was told that a case had to be registered before she could be admitted.

Singh spoke to the Metropolitan Magistrate at the Karkardooma Court, who directed that Nagpal be first taken to the Hauz Khas Police Station, where a case would be registered.

There was, however, some drama outside the hospital as Nagpal refused to leave the car and go inside for a check-up.

The VIMHANS doctors then came to the car and spoke with her for some time before concluding that she suffered from psychosis.

Nagpal, who got irritated with the intense media attention, snapped at the mediapersons who approached her and shouted at the photographers who clicked her pictures.


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