Mumbai: Bengali actress Moushumi Chatterjee and her husband Jayanta Mukherjee have approached the Bombay High Court requesting they be appointed the guardians of their comatose daughter Payal Dicky Sinha and be allowed to take care of her.
Moushumi Chatterjee and businessman Jayanta Mukherjee have a daughter named Payal who suffered from juvenile diabetes. Payal was married in 2010 to businessman Dicky Sinha.
Jayanta, Payal and Dicky were directors of Tethys Business and Projects Private Limited. In December 2016 certain differences and disputes arose over management of the company due to which the relations between the family members deteriorated.
Payal, on the other hand, had been regularly in and out of hospital since April 2017 but lately her health deteriorated and “she has been persistently in bed in a comatose condition,” says the petition.
The petition states that Payal was discharged from hospital for home care on April 28, 2018 and the doctor had advised a few things. Moushumi and Jayanta say that their son-in-law insisted on taking Payal to his house and in the initial weeks had hired nurses.
“The doctors advised physiotherapy and progressive changes in her diet so that the tube through which she was being fed could be removed and she could regain the faculty of speech,” says the petition.
However in the last 4-5 months, the parents allege that Payal’s physiotherapy treatment has been stopped. Dicky has not changed her diet as should have been done according to doctor’s advice and has also stopped making payments to the staff who were in charge of Payal’s care and even the nurses have gone.
The parents say that they have been refused copies of Payal’s medical papers and have no knowledge of her current health since Dicky has also “begun preventing them from visiting her by alleging that since he is her lawfully wedded husband and he has acquired a greater right to care for her than the parents,” alleges the petition.
Moushumi and Jayanta Mukherjee’s statement filed by advocate Samarth Moray says that it is due to the “uncooperative attitude” of Dicky that they even wrote a complaint to the Khar Police Station on Nov 20, “requesting them to take urgent action in order to save Payal’s life.”