NEW DELHI: Police in the western Indian state of Goa today claimed to have rescued a 50-year-old woman who had been locked in a dark room by her brother for 15 years, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
The woman, identified as Sunita Verlekar, was rescued by police from her parents’ home in North Goa’s Candolim village, following a tip-off by a well-known women’s rights organisation, Bailancho Saad.
“She was in a closed room for 15 years.
“We were informed about it by the organisation, following which a women’s police station team rescued her Tuesday,” Superintendent of Police (Crime) Karthik Kashyap told the media.
Police said that the woman has been sent to a state-run hospital, following which she will be admitted to the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour.
Local media reports said that the woman came back to her parents’ house some 15 years ago after her relations with the man she got married to got soured when she found out that he already had a wife.
Her family members locked her in the room after she started behaving abnormally after her return from Mumbai and they used to serve her food and water from a window, reports said.
“We have registered a case, but have not arrested anyone. Probe is on.
“The statement of the woman’s family members have been recorded and we are speaking to neighbours,” said another police official.