The woman who was found chained up and mistreated in a Hyderabad rehab home, Renuka, alias Rinku, has now returned home to Bihar with her family members.
Renuka was shifted from 'Aramghar', the home where she was left in the deplorable condition, to the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT) in the city, after the incident came to light.
Rinku had also alleged that she faced sexual harassment inside Aramghar for a long time.
P Padmavathi, the in-charge of KGNMT, confirmed to TNM that her family members had come down from Bihar after news of the incident spread.
The police then conducted a DNA test to ascertain that they were indeed her family members, and as Rinku also expressed her wish to return home, they allowed her to go home with them.
Rinku was taking medical treatment and was also being given counselling and Padmavathi said that she was doing much better.
Padmavathi had earlier said, "She has not been giving any problem or showing any signs of violence. As soon as she was shifted, she seemed quite calm. She mostly strolls around and sleeps when she wants to."
Officials from the Women and Child Welfare Department were also informed of Rinku's departure.
The police and the Telangana State Legal Services Authority had also taken up the case after the media brought it to light.
The police had registered a case against Aramghar under section 342 (wrongful confinement) of IPC after Renukaâ€™s videos went viral.
According to the Mental Health Care Act, 2016, it is illegal to chain a mentally ill person. â€˜Physical restraintâ€™ can only be used on the advice of a psychiatrist, and only to prevent â€˜imminent and immediate harm to the person concerned or othersâ€™.
And even this can only be done in a mental health institution â€“ which Aramghar was not.