Panaji, July 12: In a shocking case, a woman remained locked in a room for 15 years in her maternal house in North Goa’s Candolim village.
The middle-aged woman believed to be in her late forties, was rescued on Tuesday by the Police.
Superintendent of Police (Crime) Karthik Kashyap while briefing media said that the woman, identified as Sunita Verlekar, was rescued with the help of activists from a women’s right’s NGO Bailancho Saad.
“She was in a closed room was for 15 years. We were informed about it by the NGO, following which a Women’s Police Station team rescued her late this (Tuesday) evening,” Kashyap said.
The rescued woman was sent for medical examination to a local government hospital, before being admitted to the Panaji-based Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour.
According to the Police sources, the victim lived in a locked room of the house, which is occupied by her brother Mohandas’ family.
“The brother occupied the rest of the house with his family and used to provide her with food. We found her without clothes in a room, which had no electricity. There was urine all over the place and she was being given food through a slit in the door,” a police constable involved in the rescue operation said.
A case has been registered under Section 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.
Speaking to IANS, Bailancho Saad Convener Sabina Martins said that Sunita’s health had deteriorated with time and giving her medical treatment was a priority.
“What next, should be probed. Right now, she needs hospitalisation. Her health has deteriorated,” Martins said.
Mohandas, however, told reporters that Sunita was mentally unsound and had, therefore, been kept in one room.
“Sunita would insist on not wearing any clothes. She was under treatment for some time, but later on, it was discontinued. We used to provide her food and look after her,” Mohandas told reporters.