A 38-year-old woman from a village in Karnatakaâ€™s Tumakuru district died of malnutrition, after her mother allegedly kept her and her younger sister captive for over 10 years.
The New Indian Express reports that 66-year-old Gangamma, a resident of Sarthavalli village kept her daughters Bhagya (38) and Srilakshmi (35) tied up in their hut far away from the village, fearing that they would marry outside the caste.
While Gangamma is yet to be arrested by the police, her younger daughter Srilakshmi has been shifted to a rehabilitation centre, says the report.
The incident came to light when the gram panchayat intervened after Bhagyaâ€™s death. Gangamma is reported to have denied the allegations and challenged the rescue team to prove the charges.
â€śWe have rescued Srilakshmi but cannot file a first information report against her mother as there is no evidence of torture,â€ť Honnavalli police sub-inspector Lakshmikantha told TNIE.
According to Gram Panchayat member Chandrasekhar, Gangamma was quarrelsome and refused to allow anybody near her house, including her relatives.
Reportedly, when the sisters began to work in a biscuit factory at a neighbouring village years ago, Gangamma grew suspicious that they would marry outside their Vokkaliga caste.
She not only prevented them from working at the factory, but also allegedly tied up their legs.
The womenâ€™s father Shivaramaiah reportedly left the house many years ago and visits the family to hand over his earnings from begging to the family.
The report also states that Gangammaâ€™s only son had been murdered three years ago.