Cooped up in a room without proper food and water for more than six years, two sisters were taken out by their relatives and neighbours from their Rohini home on Saturday.
Traumatised and frightened, the two — Mamta, 40, and Nirja Gupta, 29 — were “starving and stinking” when they were forcibly pulled out of their self-imposed isolation and taken to a nearby hospital.
They were found immensely dehydrated and in tattered clothes when their room was opened by a centralised accident and trauma services (CATS) team, called by their cousin.
Mamta, who weighed just 15 kg, had multiple wounds on her body. “We found maggots on her body,” said Amreshwar Narayan, CMO of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital.
Nirja, whose condition was comparatively better, was unable to move her lower limbs.
The sisters lived with their 70-year-old mother and Mamta’s 13-year-old son Subham.
They were going through severe emotional crisis after their father passed away eight years ago.
Their sorry state was revealed only after their cousin Neeraj, who came over to visit them, decided to call the CATS on seeing Mamta’s condition deteriorate. She’s in the ICU.
The Guptas’ tale is similar to the Noida case last year where two sisters were rescued from their home where they had locked themselves in for months after their father’s death.