By Mahendra Mishra
Kanpur, Jan.29 : A teenaged girl from Kushalpur village near Kanpur has developed a liking for paddy so much, that she must have five kilograms of raw paddy along with its husk to eat every day.
"I just love eating paddy. I don't recall the exact time when I started eating paddy. But today, I easily ingest five kilograms of paddy per day," said 18-year-old Pinky.
Her parents-- Ramkishore and Munni Devi--are anxious about her strange habit. If she is refused paddy for a day, she rushes to the fields for her daily share.
"Her fascination for the paddy has grown with age. If denied, she arranges paddy by herself from the standing crops," said Ram Kishore, Pinky's father.
Her parents have tried to persuade Pinky on several occasions to take sweets, but in vain. This liking for paddy is affecting her marriage prospects too.
A couple of prospective bridegrooms have rejected her outright on noticing her physique and on learning about her craze for paddy.
"Despite thrashing her literally on many occasions and offering her candies or other sweets, she remains reluctant. She likes eating paddy. The boys visiting our place for a matrimonial alliance reject her for her weight," said Munni Devi, Pinky's mother.
Munni Devi says Pinky picked up the habit as a toddler. If the paddy wasn't available in her house, she would hop over to her aunt's place or to the nearby fields for the same, she added.
Doctors too are at their wits end about Pinky's problem.