UPDATED: June 10, 2021 19:27 IST
In a strange incident, a 29-year-old woman was found 11 years after a missing complaint was filed by her family. The girl had been living inside a small room at her lover’s house which was 500 meters from her family. The incident was reported in Ayalur village of Palakkad.
Sajitha went missing in 2010. Her family had filed a missing complaint, but the inquiry did not yield any result. According to the police, Sajitha left her house to live with Rehman, her lover. Since Rehman couldn’t afford to rent a house, the couple decided to stay at his house, without being noticed by anyone. They started living together in a small room. There were four other people in the house including Rehman’s parents, sister, and nephew. Rehman used to get angry if anyone came near his room or tried to enter. Gradually, others in the family started avoiding Rehman and his room. Often, he won’t go to work, take food inside and spend most of the time inside the room.
Rehman had created a small opening in the room through which Sajitha used to step out at night. She would take a bath and sit outside for some time. This ‘hide & seek’ continued for over a decade. Financial constraints too forced the couple to remain inside this small room. Rehman would pack lunch from home when he went to work. But, before leaving the premises he would keep that food packet inside for Sajitha. Since most of the other members of the family used to go out for work, she could remain unnoticed during the day.
In March 2021, Rehman went missing from his house and his family filed a police complaint. As the police inquiry was underway on June 7, Rehman was spotted by his brother at a police checkpoint which was set up as part of Covid related lockdown. As informed by his brother, Rahman was taken to the police station for further inquiry. During the inquiry, Rahman revealed that he was living with Sajitha at a rented house nearby. On detailed questioning about Sajitha’s disappearance 11 years ago, the couple unfolded this unbelievable story.
Sajitha told the police how she would come out of the room through the window. She could also clearly mention each and every incident that happened in the house including marriage functions, visitors, and their interesting conversations during the last 11 years.
The couple was produced in court and Sajitha was allowed to go with Rehman.