Haryana woman locked up in toilet by husband for over a year rescued

Husband booked by police says she was mentally unstable; women protection officer says the woman was left starving for days

The woman was locked in the toilet for over a year. Photo: Twitter

Women Protection and Child Marriage Prohibition Officer Rajni Gupta along with her team rescued a woman who was allegedly locked inside a toilet for over a year by her husband in Rishpur village in Haryana’s Panipat district.

Gupta said she acted upon information and rescued the woman on Wednesday (October 14).

“I received information that a woman was locked in the toilet for over a year. I reached there with my team. We found that it was true. It seems that woman has not eaten anything for many days,” Rajni Gupta said.

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“It is being said that she is mentally unstable, but it is not true. We have talked to her and it was apparent that she is not mentally unstable. We cannot confirm whether she is mentally unstable, but she was locked in the toilet. We rescued her and washed her hair. We have filed a police complaint. Police will take action,” said Gupta.

Gupta said the woman, 35, was able to identify all family members and replied to the questions asked by the team. “Her husband could not produce document related to treatment of mental illness,” she said.

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The victim’s husband claimed she is mentally unstable. “Whenever we asked her to sit outside, she did not. We have taken her to doctors but there was no improvement in her condition,” he said.

The couple is married for last 17 years and has three children — a 16-year-old son and two daughters aged 15 and 11.

The police have filed a complaint. “We will take action after investigation. We will take doctors’ advice and proceed further,” said a police officer. In-charge of Sanoli police station Surender Dahiya said a case was registered against the accused Naresh Kumar under Sections 498A (subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 342 (illegal confinement) of the Indian Penal Code

Police sources said the behaviour of her children was not good towards her. They will be counseled to find out if they were involved with their father in locking the woman inside the toilet.

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