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Indian woman locked in a room for 20 years by family

Deutsche Presse Agentur

New Delhi- A 36-year-old woman in the eastern Indian state of Orissa was locked in a cramped, windowless room by her family for over two decades, a newspaper reported Monday. Swarnaprava Pandava, has been confined at her family residence in eastern Kendrapara district by her parents who said she was mentally-deranged and had assaulted villagers on earlier occasions, the Times of India daily reported.

The woman was served meals through a small hole in the wall and did all daily activities including bathing in the dingy room measuring eight feet by four feet.

“We took her for treatment to a government hospital and some other hospitals. Some black-magicians also treated her, but with no success after which we locked her,” her father Harekrushna Pandya was quoted by the Times as saying. </i>


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