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Bengal’s houses of horror: Children lock up widowed mothers, go on vacation

Two women were locked up inside the houses by their kids and left behind without adequate food.

kolkata Updated: Nov 01, 2017 22:58 IST
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Nonagenarian Sabita Nath was locked up alone in her house for four days in Anandapur, Kolkata.
Nonagenarian Sabita Nath was locked up alone in her house for four days in Anandapur, Kolkata.(HT Photo)

In two separate incidents in Bengal, two women – a senior citizen and another in her middle age - were virtually forced to live as prisoners for days without enough food after their children locked them up and went on holidays. Both women are widows.

On the morning of October 29, the people of Anandapur in the south east fringes of Kolkata discovered to their horror that 96-year old Sabita Nath was locked up alone in her house for the past four days. Her son Bikash locked her in the house without adequate food and took off for a vacation to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on October 25. Bikash is still on vacation.

On the morning of October 31, people in the steel city of Durgapur, 170 km northwest of Kolkata, were shocked to find a similar incident when 55-year old Debjani Kumar called neighbours from her window and told them that she had been locked up for 12 days by her daughter and son-in-law who had gone to a relative’s place in Asansol.

Sabita Nath who was extremely weak after going without adequate food for the past three days, did not have the strength to call her neighbours for help. She was lucky to be discovered by her daughter, Jayashree Kayal, who came to visit her on October 29 morning.

She found the door locked from outside but could hear some noise inside the washroom. Along with locals, she informed the police who broke open the lock and rescued Nath.

Jayashree who lives in Barackpore, 30 km away from Kolkata, had no idea that her brother had gone on vacation.

“Had I known that my brother was going on vacation, I could have stayed with my mother,” she said.

In Durgapur, Debjani Kumar ran out of food on October 30. Finally on the morning of October 31, unable to bear hunger pangs she drew the attention of neighbours who informed the police who rescued her.

Debjani Kumar was locked up inside the house and lived without food for 12 days in Durgapur.

As the word of Kumar being rescued by the police spread, her daughter Priyanka Burnwal and son-in-law Vijay Burnwal rushed back to Durgapur from Asansol which is around 45 km away. On return, they faced the wrath of the locals, some of whom thrashed the couple.

Recently there have been a few incidences in Bengal where the courts had to intervene in disputes between warring parents and children. In January this year, the Calcutta high court delivered a verdict that children living in their parents’ residences will either have to respect their wishes, or arrange for their own accommodation.

On February 14, the high court pulled up a person and his wife for denying his mother the share of the house that his father left behind.

And recently, an old woman arrived in a Alipore court in an ambulance to attend the hearing of a case against her son.