Two sisters were found living with the decomposed body of their sister in Kalkaji in South Delhi on Saturday after neighbours complained of a foul smell from the house, police said.
They said the 30-year-old woman, identified as Neeru, had probably died a few days ago but her sisters had kept the body in the house.
The police suspect that the three sisters — all of them unmarried and unemployed — may have been depressed. Their parents had died some years ago.
“The three sisters were depressed and seem to be mentally unstable. They had no social life and hardly interacted with their neighbours,” said Anil Shukla, DCP (South).
Neeru’s body has been sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for post-mortem. It’s not clear whether she committed suicide or died due to illness. The other two sisters were admitted to the nearby Sugdah Nursing Home, where they are under observation. The police have not registered any case so far.
“When the police broke into their house, the two sisters were in a miserable state. They appeared malnourished and weak. Just two days ago, they had asked one of the maids for some food,” said Deepak Maini, a neighbour.
Considering the poor health of the two elder sisters, the police suspect that Neeru could have died of starvation. “It’s not clear whether their malnourished state was because of their poor financial condition or merely because of the fact that they were too scared to step out of the house to fetch food,” said another neighbour.
According to the neighbours, the three sisters are from Delhi and were staying alone.
“Initially, the two elder sisters were managing the house by doing small jobs. While Poonam was a painter, Dolly had found work as a receptionist in a hospital. However, they gave up their jobs a few years back and were staying under a self-imposed house arrest,” said a senior police official.