The chief judicial magistrate of Thane on Thursday referred Francis Gomes (60), arrested for confining his wife and daughters for five years in their Naigaon flat, for clinical test at KEM hospital.
Chief Judicial Magistrate SM Bhosale had on Wednesday heard an application filed by Gomes’ daughter Sherlyn (22, name changed), referring him for medical treatment. On Thursday, Bhosale questioned Gomes and found him to be ‘normal’.
“The court has referred Gomes for a clinical test to be conducted by a psychiatrist at KEM hospital. It is a long procedure and will take time. The next course of action will be decided after the test reports come out,” said Sherlyn’s lawyer Nandkumar Rajurkar.
The court also appointed advocate Prashant Panchakshari as the amicus curiae (friend of the court). Panchakashari questioned Gomes, who has been lodged at the Thane central jail, for 30 minutes and found him to be normal.
“He answered my questions logically with a cool temperament. He gave me minute details of everything, which shows he has a sharp memory. I did not find any abnormality in him,” said Panchakshari.
When Sherlyn arrived at the court, she spoke to her father for sometime. “We talked about the life that my dad is going through and I am going through. He seemed somewhat sorry (for what was happening now). I am happy that the court has sent my father for treatment,” said Sherlyn. “I look forward to meeting my family and staying with them.”
‘Don’t give my father bail’
On October 3, Sherlyn (22, name changed), daughter of Francis Gomes (60), moved court saying her father should not be released on bail.
HT accesses a copy of Sherlyn’s application. Excerpts:
“I, Sherlyn, say Francis Gomes is my father and Theresa Gomes my mother. I have two sisters. My mother and sisters were ill treated by my father for five years. I was rescued by NGO Sakhya Women Guidance on June 6. I had lodged a complaint with Vasai police but there was no action.
My father needs medical attention like my mother and sisters. Willingly he will not take treatment. If bail is given, he may damage himself more.
‘I’ll cooperate. Let the truth come out’
A Thane court on Thursday questioned Francis Gomes (60), before sending him to KEM hospital for tests. Advocate Prashant Panchakshari, appointed amicus curiae by the court, questioned Gomes for 30 minutes and found him to be normal. Excerpts:
Are you happy with whatever is going on?
I’m not happy. There is a problem between my wife, my daughters and me. I am worried about them. I cannot neglect my responsibilities.
What is the problem?
Once my wife had left home and didn’t return at night. When she returned, I asked her about it. She didn’t give a satisfactory answer. My second daughter had also done the same thing.
Did you confine your family?
No, I didn’t. Why don’t you check whether the door can be locked from outside? It cannot.
How did you sustain your family?
My brother helped us. He is an engineer. Relatives helped us.
Are you ready to cooperate if I refer you to a psychiatrist?
Yes, I’ll cooperate. Let the truth come out.