Doctor says it will take another 4-5 days to understand the exact cause of her illness; Victim says she was not well and faced many difficulties, but now she’s feeling better
MAPUSA: Vidduta alias Guni Vasudev Mandrekar, the 45-year-old woman from Sanquelim, who was rescued by Bicholim Police after being allegedly locked by her family in a dark room for 25 years, is currently being treated at District Hospital Mapusa and there have been some signs of improvement in her health condition.
However, after allegedly keeping her locked in a dark room for 25 years, not a single family member visited the hospital.
According to family sources, the victim looked pretty in her early twenties, which made her mother lock her inside the room as she (mother) had doubts that her daughter might run away with someone. However, a psychiatrist Sherien Shaikh, who is presently treating the victim at District Hospital, Mapusa informed that there has been an improvement in the victim’s health condition.
Speaking to Herald team, the doctor said, “This can be a case of emotional abuse. However, according to the victim’s statement, she has been harassed. It’s been 24 hours now that we have started the treatment and during the process, further details will be revealed. We cannot say whether the problem of mental illness was already present or it started after she was being locked. It will be revealed only when the victim provides us with the details”.
When the victim was admitted, she was first given general treatment. When the victim was being examined for mental disorder, the treatment by the psychiatrist commenced. When the patient was bought here, she was disturbed and during examination, she was found to be mentally unstable. How she has reached this stage will be revealed only when the patient speaks, the doctor said.
“We won’t register any case but if the patient wants then we have a Crisis Cell under domestic violence where she can approach. We only give proper information. Now, she is recovering and eating properly. We cannot come to any conclusion at this stage because it will take another 4-5 days to understand the exact cause but the patient has shown lot of improvement in last 24 hours”, the doctor added.
Meanwhile the victim said, “I was not well and faced many difficulties, but now I am feeling better”.
Bicholim PI Sanjay Dalvi said based on information and a written application from the informant, the police along with NGO had approached the house of the rescued woman in Sanquelim.
Dalvi said, “We were informed that the lady was in urgent need of medical treatment. Accordingly, after rescuing her, she was shifted in an ambulance to Mapusa district hospital. We have not registered any offence so far as there is no formal complaint from anyone. The lady is presently undergoing treatment in hospital.”