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Bengaluru: 5-yr ‘house arrest’ for daring to love

A 35-year-old woman whose parents had allegedly kept her under 'house arrest’ for five years in barbaric conditions was rescued by health and police officials on Tuesday morning in Bengaluru.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2013 02:21 IST
HT Correspondent

A 35-year-old woman whose parents had allegedly kept her under 'house arrest’ for five years in barbaric conditions was rescued by health and police officials on Tuesday morning in Bengaluru.

When the rescue party reached the family residence in Malleshwaram, Bangalore north, after they were tipped off by neighbours who had heard the victim, Hemavathy, screaming through the night, they found her lying on the floor of her room. Her hair was uncombed, her nails untended and it looked as if she had not showered for a long time. In fact, she was not appropriately dressed and was not able to walk either.

According to neighbours, Hemavathy a BCom graduate and accountant was locked up in her room by her family as they did not approve of the man she had wanted to marry.

Hemavathy’s father, H Renukappa, however, told the police that his daughter was mentally ill after an attack of paralysis about five years ago, and was bed-ridden since then.

He also claimed that the family had tried to get her treated at different city hospitals.

The police said a case could be registered only after the woman gave her statement. But at the time of rescue Hemavathy was in no condition to make a statement. “I am hungry. I am tired. I cannot speak properly right now,” was all that she said.

Health minister U T Khader asked the doctors to shift the victim to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences for treatment. “I have asked the doctors to provide proper medical care so that she can lead a normal life,” he said.

Preliminary tests are still on and doctors are yet to diagnose her ailment but they said they have not observed signs of paralysis and she is answering questions.