If you want to hide something, put it in plain sight! This was what a family in India has learnt.
After eleven (11) years of pain and agony as they searched for their missing kin, the family was shell shocked after finding out that all this while, she was right under their nose.
In the bizarre incident, the family of Sajitha found out that their missing daughter had been living with her 34-year-old lover Alinchuvattil Rahman in a small room in his family house, which is reportedly about 500 metres from her father’s house. Rahman’s other family members did not have knowledge that their son was sharing the single room with his lover.
Sajitha allegedly left their home in Ayalur village in Palakkad one night in February 2010 and disappeared without a trace. Her family filed a complaint with the police, but efforts to find her did not yield any result.
Strange events unravel 11-year-old mystery
The family of Rahman, Sajitha’s lover, recently reported that he was missing. A domino effect of discoveries then led back to Sajitha.
About three months ago, Sajitha left Rahman’s house for unknown reasons. The same day, The Indian Express says, Rahman got in a fight with his family and also left.
Meanwhile, the lovebirds set up in another village, and it was there that Rahman’s brother, Basheer, spotted him by chance, uncovering the couple’s secret.
Turns out that the couple’s secrecy was informed by religious differences. While appearing before a court, Rahman said that he hid Sajitha all those years out of fear that his family would not accept her.
Rahman claimed that he did not have money to afford rent, so he made do with what he had. He reportedly works as a house painter.
It is yet to be known why Sajitha accepted to stay in the room for so long.
Wondering how Sajitha survived in the stuffy room? Rahman used to bring her packed food from their kitchen, even on days when he was out working. To keep herself entertained, she would apparently watch a small television they had using earphones.
It is only at night when she came out, through a small opening. “What we understand is that he had removed a few bars from his room’s window. There was no attached toilet and hence Sajitha would go out through the window at night, or when the parents were away,” Basheer said.
At the time, Rahman is said to have been working minimally, so he could spend time with Sajitha. As his family was usually away for the day, the two had an easy time in their room.
Rahman acted like deranged person
Nenmara Police Station House Officer Deepa Kumar expressed his disbelief, saying that in their search, they never suspected Rahman, 24, at the time. “Nobody knew about their affair. In any elopement, both persons go missing,” Kumar reasoned.
Due to his introverted nature, his family and neighbours thought him preventing anyone from entering his room was just typical of him. Gradually, his family members reportedly avoided his room, which made it easier to keep his lover hidden.
“Sometimes he behaved like a mentally deranged person, would turn violent if someone tried to get into his room. He would even take his food in to eat…” Basheer, told The Indian Express.
However, the court allowed them to continue living together.