Bangalore: A 35-year-old woman, who had allegedly been kept in captivity for four years at her house in Malleswaram by her parents, was rescued on Tuesday.
The victim, Hemavathy, a B.Com graduate, was found lying on the floor of her house, without clothes under unhygienic conditions. Following a tip-off from the neighbours, she was rescued by the police and health officials.
The officials found Ms. Hemavathy with unkempt hair and long nails.
The officials said that she had to take care of her basic needs like eating and answering nature’s call in the same room. She was unable to walk due to long period of confinement, the medical officials, who attended her, said.
Health Minister U.T Khader also visited the house and asked the doctors to shift the victim to the NIMHANS hospital.
“I am hungry. I am tired. I cannot speak properly right now,” the victim told reporters after her rescue.
The neighbours informed the police after they heard the woman scream throughout Monday night.
Ms. Hemavati’s father, Renukappa told the police that their daughter was mentally ill after an attack of paralysis about five years ago, and was bed-ridden since then.
He also claimed that the family had attempted to treat her at two different city hospitals.
The neighbours have, however, offered different accounts. Some have reportedly said that the woman was “normal”, and that she had had a job as an accountant.
Some neighbours alleged that she was in a relationship, which her parents opposed and placed her under “house arrest” since then.
The Malleshwaram police said they have not booked any case against the parents since no complaint was lodged.