An 18-year-old who went missing from Ayalur village in Palakkad 11 years ago has been found living away just some 500 metres from her parent’s home, spending the past 11 years in a room with the man she fell in love with. While this man’s parents shared the house with him, they were reportedly unaware of the woman’s presence.
Sajitha, whose family had given up hope of ever finding her, was discovered after Alinchuvattil Rahman, now 34, himself suddenly went missing from his home three months ago, and his family filed a complaint. On Tuesday, his elder brother Basheer spotted him by chance, and the trail led back to Rahman and Sajitha, who were found living on rent in another village.
Police produced the couple before a local court, which allowed them to live together after Sajitha said she wanted to be with Rahman.
Nenmara Police Station House Officer Deepa Kumar A said Sajitha and Rahman kept their relationship hidden as they belonged to different religions and feared the possibility of disregard and non acceptance from respective families. ‘Their story sounds unusual, but we took the couple to Rahman’s house and they told us how Sajitha had lived secretly in a single room for all these years.’
Sajitha left home one night in February 2010, and apparently just walked into Rahman’s house next door. A file was lodged for a missing Sajitha but the police looked everywhere and could not find her. Sajitha didn’t have a mobile phone on her.
Kumar said they never suspected Rahman, then 24. ‘Nobody knew about their affair. In any elopement, both persons go missing,’ he reasoned.
Basheer said Rahman, who works as a house painter, had a separate room, kept it locked, and never let anyone in. Rahman was a guy with an angry mindset and he was always disgusted at things and remained hot tempered. This, the parents being daily wage earners rarely bothered with him. Basheer, who is a truck driver and lives separately, said. ‘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… During the day, as everyone was at work, Rahman and Sajitha would have the house to themselves.’
Compiled and collected from sources
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