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Darkness to light after 16 yrs

For Nagmani, a middle-aged woman living in Mudugera village near Bangalore, the biggest dream for the past sixteen years was to see sunlight.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 03:59 IST
Kanu Sarda

For Nagmani, a middle-aged woman living in Mudugera village near Bangalore, the biggest dream for the past sixteen years was to see sunlight. Reason: her husband wouldn’t allow her to go outside their unventilated room from the day she got married.

On Saturday when NCW came to know about Nagmani’s condition from the local people they went to the village and freed the woman from long years of illegal confinement.

From the day she got married to Jaganath, a state government employee with agricultural department, she was not allowed to go outside her room. Moreover, she was neither allowed to comb her hair nor wear good clothes.

Jaganath who is already divorced from his first marriage is paying maintenance for his first wife and his child from her.

“We were shocked to see the condition of the woman, when we went there she was not ready to come out. Her husband has also four dogs outside his home,” said Nirmala Venkatesh, member NCW.

Venkatesh also added that the way the woman was living was no better than the life of a rag picker.

Jagannath, 45, has been arrested and the commission has urged the state government to provide Nagamani with a job as anganwadi worker.

The police have also seized four knives from his house.