A 32-year-old woman, who had been trapped in chains, tortured and held captive by her husband, was rescued by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) from East Delhi's Trilokpuri, on Tuesday (August 25, 2020).
The police said they are in the process of filing an FIR in the case against her husband and persons who are involved in this crime. The DCW said the woman, who had been married for the last 11 years, was held captive and bound in iron chains by her husband in her own house and he continuously tortured her with an undisclosed intention. The room in which she was kept had no fan and a foul smell was emanating from it as she was made to lie in her own excreta. She was tortured and beaten so brutally that it had taken a toll on her mental health, the DCW said.
After getting information from the Commission's Mahila Panchayat team that a woman was being held captive, DCW members Firdos Khan and Kiran Negi escalated the matter and reached the location along with panel chairperson Swati Maliwal. The team found the woman lying on the floor with her feet bound in iron chains. "She was in a miserable condition with torn clothes," the DCW said. After talking to the woman, the team learned that the woman had been married for the last 11 years and also had three children. She informed the DCW that her husband used to beat her brutally and she had been locked in chains for the last six months. According to the investigation, it was found that the victim's husband owns a flour mill and the victim was perfectly fine earlier. The panel said even her children confirmed that their father used to often beat them and their mother. After freeing her, the DCW team is taking care of the victim's treatment. DCW Chief Swati Maliwal stated, "The torture inflicted on her has left deep scars. She is even suffering from mental health issues now. We have rescued her and have started working on her rehabilitation. We will ensure the strongest action against the perpetrators of the crime." A senior police officer said the woman was taken to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, in Kalyan Puri for medical examination, and based on her statement, they are in the process of filing an FIR. "All what DCW claims is part of the investigation," he said. When asked if the woman was chained, the officer said DCW has also made a video in this regard.