Mowgli girl is fake news – she was not raised by monkeys, says cop who rescued her
The 11-year-old-girl, who became famous as Mowgli girl, around the world is fake news.
She was rescued at a jungle in Bahraich in UP in January.
Last week, her story exploded on global media with publications claiming that she had been raised by monkeys and had been struggling to adapt to human ways.
She was soon given a name, Mowgli Girl, after Jungle Books’ immortal character.
They noted how she was walking on all four limbs, was naked and would screech like monkeys.
The Hindustan Times quoted experts on Saturday who doubted the monkey story.
A report in Indian Express on Sunday dismisses it convincingly.
The unfortunate girl is mentally ill and her family may have abandoned her at a forest stretch. She was not moving around on all four limbs, nor was she naked.
Crucially, there were no monkeys when she was rescued.
Express has spoken to Head Constable Sarvajeet Yadav of Motipur police station, the man who rescued her.
The local police received a call on the emergency number 100 on January 24. A few passers by had seen the girl alone on the road connecting Bahraich to Lakhimpur and called the emergency helpline.
When the police team reached the spot at 6.30 pm they saw her wearing a frock and knickers. She was weak, was moving on her haunches, and was scared of them.
The police team, which rescued her, says the girl would not have been on her own for more than 24 hours.
The police account is supported by Forest Department officials.
They say an outpost was located barely 30 metres from where the girl was found. A girl living in the forest would have come to their notice.
But media reports claimed that the girl was moving with monkeys, which had tried to foil her rescue. According to one report, the monkeys had even chased the police car carrying her.
Local officials say a Hindi newspaper first cooked up the monkey report and called her the “Mowgli girl”. Other publications took over from there adding spicy details to make their copy more interesting.
A local police official is also being blamed for fanning the fake reports.