Cops rescue blind woman ‘abused’ by nephew and niece

GEORGE TOWN: Police today rescued a blind 79-year-old woman who claimed she had been abused by her caretakers for the past three years at a house in Seberang Jaya.

She alleged she was also forced to sit outside the home most of the day.

A concerned neighbour alerted the authorities after seeing her sitting alone in the wet kitchen outside the home.

When the neighbour asked her why she was there, she claimed she was forced to sit outside the house by her caretakers – her nephew and niece.

The blind woman was also wearing wet clothes. She claimed her caretakers had poured water on her for no reason.

She also claimed that she had hardly any food to eat and was fed whenever her nephew or niece “felt like it”.

The neighbour, an insurance agent, took photos and videos of the blind woman and lodged a police report the same day.

When police officers arrived, the blind woman said she was living with her nephew and niece as she had no other relatives.

She also told officers that her caretakers had used a broom, shoes and plates to hit her every day. She was also ordered to sit at the back of the house every time her nephew and niece went to work.

Central Seberang Perai district police chief Nik Ros Nik Abdul Hamid said a 56-year-old man and 54-year-old woman had been remanded for three days until Friday for investigations.

He said they are being probed for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means under the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 10-year jail sentence, a fine and whipping upon conviction.