Another tyrant Husband and Father has surfaced in Vasai, who has physically abused his wife and daughters and kept them under illegal confinement.
Vasai horror story ends, tyrant dad held for physical abuse and illegal confinement of wife and daughters
1 October 2009
VASAI: A 60-year-old Vasai man was arrested on Wednesday on charges of keeping his wife and daughters confined at home. Francis Gomes, kept his wife, Theresa, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Geneviev and Barbara, locked up at their Naigaon house for over a year.
Geneviev, however, escaped from the house this June with the help of a Nalasopara-based NGO. Theresa, Elizabeth and Barbara were rescued from his clutches on Tuesday by cops and another NGO, Anand Rehabilitation Centre.
The police arrested Francis after Theresa lodged a complaint with them on Tuesday. He was picked up from his residence on Wednesday afternoon. "But before being arrested he was thrashed by his neighbours," Anand Rehabilitation Centre head R Gopalakrishnan said.
Theresa told the cops that he would leave home every day in the morning after ensuring that the windows were sealed and power was switched off. He would then lock the door from outside to give the impression that the family was away. She told the police that they would go without food for days and would look for help whenever they met someone. But the women were too scared to tell anyone about their ordeal.
Investigators said on Wednesday that Francis had always been possessive abo-ut his daughters but allowed them to pursue their education. All that, however, changed after the "trauma that Barbara underwent''.
"Francis had told several people and local organisations that a few years ago Barbara had returned home one day after being physically abused. He had then beaten her up so badly that it damaged her neck," police officials said.
He, however, would take Barbara occasionally to Vasai's Cardinal Gracious Hospital for treatment. "They would sit in the hospital canteen and order vada pav,'' a family acquaintance said. "Theresa and the girls were always dressed shabbily. Their clothes would stink. When asked, Francis would tell me that his wife would not have a bath for days on end. Theresa and her daughters seemed to be too scared of Francis and they hardly spoke,'' the acquaintance added.
Meanwhile, Theresa, Elizabeth and Barbara, who had bruises all over the body, were sent to an undisclosed hospital in Mumbai for treatment. The Gomeses had moved to the locality about a year ago and had stayed at several rented accommodations in Vasai over the last few years. The family rented a second-floor flat at the Neelambha Cooperative Housing Society, Amol Nagar, in Naigaon (W).