Kerala: Missing for 11 years, found living next door

In February 2010, Sujitha left the home at night, and walked into Rahman’s house next door. The police looked for her everywhere but couldn’t find her as she didn’t have a phone with her.

11 years ago in Ayalur Village in Palakkad, an 18-year-old girl went missing.

The girl was found 500 metres from her parent’s house, living in a room with a man who shared his house with his family.

Reportedly the family had no knowledge of the girl living in their house.

Sajitha was living with Alinchuvattil Rahman (now 34-years-old), who she was in love with.

Three months ago, a missing report was filed when the man himself went missing from his home.

On Tuesday, when Alinchuvattil was spotted by his elder brother, the trail led to Rahman and Sajitha, who were living on rent in another village.

The couple was brought before the local court by the police, which allowed them to live together as it was in the will of the girl.

Nenmara Police Station House Officer, Deepa Kumar A said that both of them kept their relationship “hidden” as they were of different religions and were afraid. The officer said that their story sounded “unusual” but, “we took them to Rahman’s house and they told us how Sajitha lived secretly in a single room for over a decade.”

In February 2010, Sujitha left the home at night, and walked into Rahman’s house next door. The police looked for her everywhere but couldn’t find her as she didn’t have a phone with her.

Rahman was never suspected then in 2010 because nobody knew about their affair.

Basheer, his elder brother, told that Rahman worked as a house painter and had a separate room. He also mentioned how Rahman was hot tempered as well, hence no one really bothered with him.

Basheer also informed that sometimes Rahman would behave like a mentally deranged person, and would become violent if someone tried to enter his room. “He even used to take his food in the room to eat,” said Basheer. The only time they had the house to themselves was in the day when everyone was at work. 

Panchayat member, Pushpakaran; a neighbour of Rahman’s, said “He was always an introvert and was suspected to have mental issues,” and how it was more understandable why he had removed the bars from his room’s window. 

Sajitha would go through the open window of the room as there was no attached washroom, and she would do so at night or when the family members were away. She also dried her washed clothes inside the same room.

The court was told by Rahman that he was afraid of his family objecting to Sajitha. However the reason for her staying locked in a room for 11 years is still not disclosed.

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