In a shocking incident, the Delhi Police on Wednesday rescued a mother-daughter duo, who had been living locked up in their house in southwest Delhi’s Mahavir Enclave for the last four years.
They are apparently suffering from depression.
After a neighbour made a PCR call informing police that Kalavati (42) and Deepa (20) had locked themselves up in a first-floor room of their house, they were rescued and admitted to a hospital, said a senior police officer.
Police are questioning the woman's father-in-law who had been staying with them in the house, he said.
He said that when police reached the spot, they found that the door of their room was open. The women were malnourished and staying in an unhygienic condition, he added.
They even refused to go to the hospital with police. The duo are apparently suffering from a mental disorder and hallucinations, he said.
“Clearly their mental condition is unstable. They are undernourished and both weigh not more than 25 kg. We have referred them to IBHAS and will oversee the treatment,” an official was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.
Police said Kalavati's father-in-law, Mahaveer Mishra, lived in the adjacent room and gave them food once a day whenever they asked for it.
Mishra told police that his wife passed away in 2000 and his two sons were killed in a road accident four years ago. He claimed that Kalavati and Deepa had locked themselves up in the room since then.
He used to work as a linesman with MTNL and the family was surviving on Mishra's meagre pension, he claimed.
Mishra said the women often claimed they spoke to his sons in the room and survived days without food.
He said a local doctor was treating them as he did not have enough savings to admit them to a hospital.