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Kerala woman missing for 11 years found living ‘secretly’ in house next door with lover

Sajitha went missing in 2010. Her family had filed a missing complaint, but the inquiry did not yield any result. According to the police, Sajitha left her house to live with Rahman, her lover in a room next door.

Kerala woman missing for 11 years found living secretly in house next door with lover-dnm
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Palakkad, First Published Jun 11, 2021, 10:22 AM IST
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Palakkad: A woman who went missing from Ayalur village in Palakkad 11 years ago was recently found living just 500 metres away from her parent's home in a house with her lover. Interestingly, the lover lived with his parents, however, they were unaware of the woman's presence.

Sajitha went missing in 2010. Her family had filed a missing complaint, but the inquiry did not yield any result. According to the police, Sajitha left her house to live with Rahman, her lover. Since Rehman couldn't afford to rent a house, the couple decided to stay at his house, without being noticed by anyone.

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.

They started living together in a small room. There were four other people in the house including Rahman's parents, sister, and nephew. Rehman used to get angry if anyone came near his room or tried to enter. Gradually, others in the family started avoiding Rahman and his room. Often, he won't go to work, take food inside and spend most of the time inside the room.

According to Ayalur panchayat member and a neighbour of Rahman’s parents Pushpakaran, Rahman was considered an introvert and people also suspected that he had mental issues. He said that Rahman had removed a few bars from the window of his room that enabled Sajitha to go out during the night since there was no attached toilet.

Sajitha apparently kept herself entertained with a small TV, using earphones.

As per the inspector, the village had almost forgotten her. “Everyone thought she might have eloped with someone to Tamil Nadu.”

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 were afraid of a backlash. “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.”

It is not clear why but three months ago, Sajitha finally left the house. The same day, Rahman picked up a quarrel with his family members and stomped out. The two then started living in another village.

In March 2021, Rahman went missing from his house and his family filed a police complaint. As the police inquiry was underway on June 7, Rehman was spotted by his brother at a police checkpoint which was set up as part of Covid related lockdown. As informed by his brother, Rahman was taken to the police station for further inquiry. During the inquiry, Rahman revealed that he was living with Sajitha at a rented house nearby. On detailed questioning about Sajitha's disappearance 11 years ago, the couple unfolded this unbelievable story.

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