He said he confined his wife and grown up daughters inside their Vasai home “only to protect them”.
Naigaon resident, Francis Gomes (60), arrested on Wednesday for allegedly confining his wife, Teresa, and three grown up daughters for seven years inside their flat was granted bail by the Vasai metropolitan magistrate’s court on Thursday. The Vasai metropolitan magistrate court granted him bail for Rs 15, 000 immediately after he was remanded to judicial custody.
The case came to light when non-governmental organization, Anand Rehabilitation Centre, with help from the local police rescued the wife and two daughters, Barbara (21) and Elizabeth (27), on Tuesday morning. The youngest daughter, Sherline (name changed), was rescued in July.
Gomes, who the police suspect suffers from a psychological disorder, denied all allegations. He instead said that his wife and daughters were mentally unstable. He also said that he did not torture them. “I take computer classes for a couple of kids at home and the question of ill-treating my wife and daughters doesn’t arise,” Gomes said.
According to Gomes, one of his daughters was kidnapped by unidentified persons in 2004 and they misbehaved with her. He said that this was the reason he tried to keep his daughters away from outsiders.
The police said Gomes confined the women in his apartment because he feared that they would be raped if they ventured out.
The police also said that when his wife tried reasoning with Gomes, he would assault her and their daughters.
Gomes has been booked under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 324 (causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
The police said that Gomes would even prevent his daughters from watching television thinking that it “corrupt” them and influence them to fall in love.