Goa police rescues women locked in home for 15 years

Gwen Vasquez
July 14, 2017

The Goa police has rescued the woman and arrested four members of the family.

An offence has been booked under Section 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code, police said. "The statement of family members of the woman is being recorded", the officer said. However, she will be subjected to further medical examination at the IPHB, said police. However, her family confined her in the dark room for nearly 20 years.

Now the victim has been admitted in the government shelter home at Altinho, Panaji. When police searched the house, they found the woman locked in her room and was naked. She also stayed at a private shelter home in North Goa for a couple of years.

During interrogation on Wednesday, the family produced a certificate issued by the State-owned Institute of Psychology and Human Behaviour (IPHB) in 2008, saying that Sunita suffered from undifferentiated schizophrenia-related moderate disabilities.

It is claimed she was given food and drink through a window.

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Acting on a mail sent by a Candolim-based activist, women police sleuths along with NGO Bailancho Saad rescued the woman who is around 50-years -old from a filthy room she had been locked in allegedly by her brothers.

The victim's two brothers, Mohandas and Ravindra Verlekar, and their wives, Anita and Amita, respectively, were arrested and released on personal bonds. One of her brother is an ex-employee of a well-known hotel at Sinquerim.

She used to receive food and water from the small window.

Patrick, a local who stays in the same ward, said that the woman was not seen ever since she returned back to Goa. "In this area, there are mostly guest houses and outsiders stay in rented bungalows in the vicinity". Turns out, Verlekar was in love with a man, who lived in Mumbai.

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