VELLORE: In a shameful incident, a 21-year-old woman suffering from depression and had left her house over a family dispute, was thrashed badly by a group of men who thought she was a child lifter. The incident occurred in Jolarpettai on Monday around 4.30 pm. Police sources said a few locals spotted her under a flyover in Thamalerimuthur, wearing dirty clothes and carrying a bag and a copper plate (believed to be used by black magicians). “As she was mentally depressed, the woman could not answer properly to the questions thrown at her by the group.
Instantly, a few in the group raised the suspicion that she could be a thief and within no time they began beating up the poor woman,” sources said. On information, Jolarpettai Police rushed to the spot and rescued the woman. Later, inquiries revealed that she was a native of Madanapalle in Chittoor district and her family had recently shifted to Chennai.
“Owing to family disputes and personal issues, the girl left her Chennai home 15 days ago and reached Tirupattur by foot on Monday morning,” said Jolarpettai Inspector Thirunavukarasu. The girl had some old clothes in her bag and spoke Telugu. She was changing her dress under the bridge when the group approached her. It is still unclear as to where she stayed all these days.
The woman was taken to Government Tirupattur Hospital. Doctors there said that she was not mentally retarded but had suffered mental shock. On Tuesday, upon alert, the family members of the woman came to the hospital and the cops left her to their custody. No case was registered.