In a case similar to that of the Behl sisters of Noida, the Patna police rescued two siblings who had shut themselves up in their home for over 2 years.
Sujata, 41 and her brother Babu, 32, both suffering from schizophrenia, had slipped into acute depression after a series of disappearances and a death in the family.
On Monday, the police rescued them from their home in Shivpuri near the New Secretariat, after being alerted by an NGO, Prayas.Sujata has been admitted to a private hospital and Babu at the Patna Medical College and Hospital. "We will recommend treatment in a mental hospital for him," said a doctor attending on Babu.
In 2003, their father, Braj Kishore Singh, additional district magistrate of Chapra, had disappeared. “The family had lodged a case, but he could not be traced,” said a police officer.
Singh’s wife Godawari Devi was provided with a government job, but in 2009, she went missing too. Neighbours said she had left home due to the ‘schizophrenic’ behaviour of Sujata.
A journalist in a local Hindi daily, Sujata had to quit work because of her “unstable" mental state.
“After their mother left, the four young people confined themselves to the house,” an officer said, “no one tried to locate Godawari Devi or lodge a complaint.”
Six months later, Vicky, 28, who was also mentally ill, died. Sujata, Babu and their sister Nita sat with the body for four days, till neighbours, alerted by the stench, organised the last rites. After two months, Nita, 36, also went missing.
“Two years ago, she had been admitted in Ranchi’s mental asylum for a month,” another neighbour said. “No complaint was lodged with the police after her disappearance either.”