Delhi: 95-year-old woman held captive by daughter-in-law, rescued

Delhi: 95-year-old woman held captive by daughter-in-law, rescued


The woman was rescued by the Delhi Commission for Women on Friday.

The 95-year-old lady was kept in poor conditions by her daughter-in-law. (Photo: @Satyavartkhunga)

The 95-year-old lady was kept in very poor conditions by her daughter-in-law. (Photo: @Satyavartkhunga)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An old woman was rescued by the Delhi Commission for Women
  • The woman’s son told the DCW that his mother was tortured by his wife
  • He also said that he was having a marital discord with his wife

A 95-year-old woman, who was allegedly held captive by her daughter-in-law in North-west Delhi, has been rescued by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

The woman’s son contacted the DCW and said his old mother was held captive and tortured by his wife and in-laws. The complainant also informed that his mother was completely bed-ridden.

He also said that he was having a marital discord with his wife and had not seen his mother for the last three months.

The complainant mentioned that whenever he tried to meet his mother, he was forced to take help from the local police as his wife did not let him enter the house.

The man also said that he got hopeful when he read in the news that the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had rescued a 50-year-old woman who was held captive by her brother for two years.

Taking action on his plea, the DCW team went to the location where the old woman was kept but his wife initially didn’t let the team enter the house.

However, after counselling, the team was allowed to enter the house only on the condition that her husband should give a written statement that after taking his mother from home he would never return to the house again.

The man agreed to the terms and gave the statement in writing.

When the DCW team and the police entered the room where the man’s mother was kept, they were appalled to see the condition in which the old woman was kept. She seemed very ill and was covered with only a thin piece of cloth and had to relieve herself in a bucket placed near the bed.

The team immediately called for an ambulance after which the old woman was shifted to the hospital where the doctor informed that she had a severe infection and needed to be treated immediately.

DCW Chief Swati Malliwal told news agency ANI, “It is really sad that the 95-year-old lady was kept in such poor conditions. The Commission shall work on her rehabilitation. I appeal to the people if they see any woman being ill-treated, they should immediately contact the Commission at its helpline 181.”

The old woman is still in the hospital and her son is looking after her.

(With inputs from ANI)

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