Noida/New Delhi: Two
sisters, who locked themselves up in their home for seven months
after falling into deep depression following the death of their
father, were rescued Tuesday in a state of acute starvation,
The women, left to fend for themselves and in state of
acute loneliness, have been admitted to Kailash Hospital in Noida,
a suburb of Delhi in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the police, the sisters - Anuradha Behl, 41, and
Sonali Behl ,38 - had shut themselves up in their house No.326,
Sector-29 Noida, for seven months after their father Colonel
(retired) O.P. Behl died two years ago. They had lost their mother
Police, acting on information from neighbours, had to break open
the door when the sisters -- both unmarried -- refused to open the
door, Superintendent of Police Anant Dev told IANS.
Sonali has suffered multiple organ weakness due to insufficient
vitamin intake, according to Sarika Chandra, a senior doctor at
A chartered accountant, Sonali had left practice after her
Anuradha is also in a state of deep depression, according to the
Their younger brother Vipin Behl, who lives in Sector-50 of Noida,
and a maternal uncle used to look after them, but after falling
into depression, the two sisters were not cooperating with them,
said Inspector Vijay Prakash of Sector-20 police station.
"We contacted Vipin, who is a software engineer in Gurgaon. He
told us on phone that for the last four years he is not in contact
with them," said the police officer.
The sisters had a dog at their home, which died two and a half
"When we opened the door, everyone started vomiting because of the
foul smell. The elder woman was half nude and I think, she was in
coma. She could not speak and did not know what was going on. So I
called Kailash Hospital," social activist Usha Thakur, who
accompanied police, told reporters here.
"I think they are mentally disturbed... their brother also left
them and went to Sector 50 to stay there. There was no one to
console or talk to them," added Thakur.
Their food came from some canteen, she said. "The neighbours said
the food used to be kept outside the door," added Thakur. She said
when the door of the house was opened, the women asked for water.
According to Sandeep Vohra, a psychiatrist, it could be a case of
extreme emotional withdrawal.
"It could be extreme depression or depression underlined by some
sort of psychotic element in it. In a case like this, both the
daughters must have been emotionally dependent on their father and
he may have been the one taking all the decisions for them," said
According to him, this could also happen to people who are deeply
introvert in nature.