New Delhi, Aug 1: A week after three minor sisters died of starvation in Mandawali, it turns out that their mother shouldn’t have been married in the first place. Beena Singh, who continues to be under the care of the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS),  suffers from an “intellectual disorder” since birth, officials told a leading daily.  (Also read: Police Team in Bengal to Trace Missing Father) Also Read - Lockdown: ‘People Without Ration Card Will Also be Given Ration by Delhi Govt,’ Says Kejriwal

Officials told The Indian Express that Singh could not look after the children as she herself needed care. The three sisters — Mansi (8), Paro (4) and Shikha (2) — were found dead in their one-room accommodation on July 26. Two post-mortems showed that their death was caused by malnutrition/starvation. However, their father has been missing since he was alleged to have given the girls an unidentified medicine the night before they died. Also Read - ‘Students From Nursery to Class 8 Will be Promoted to Next Class Directly,’ Says Sisodia



“From what we have seen so far, she has at least a moderate intellectual disorder,” Dr Nimish Menon, director of IHBAS, said to the daily. Menon said, “A mental illness develops later in the life of a patient and can be treated and cured. An intellectual disorder usually sets in at birth and cannot be reversed; the only thing to be done is to provide rehabilitation.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Yogi Urges Kejriwal to Help UP Residents in Capital, Assures Aid to Those From Delhi in His State

He added that Singh does not seem to have any history of receiving care for her condition. Hospital officials said given her longstanding condition, she should not have been married or allowed to become the mother of three children she was not entirely capable of taking care of.