Fearing Covid, Gurugram woman lock herself, 10-year-old son in house for 3 years
In an unusual case of Covid-paranoia, a 36-year-old woman, Munmun Majhi, locked herself and her son in their flat in Maruti Kunj, Gurugram, for three years, fearing he would die if he stepped out.
This strange instance came to light when Munmun’s husband, Suraj Majhi, informed the police. He said that he was worried about his son, who had not seen sunshine or interacted with any friends in the past three years. Suraj, an engineer, also informed that once the Covid restrictions eased, he stepped out of the house for work but was never allowed back in by his wife.
Majhi tried convincing his wife, but after failing, he spent a few days with friends and family, then took a house on rent in the same locality. He was only allowed to talk to his son via video calls. Majhi had been clearing all the bills, paying the rent, and buying groceries for his wife and child. He used to leave the packets outside the main door.
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Munmun let her son use the smartphone for his online classes but had cut off contact with mostly all family members. As per the reports, she got an induction heater to cook food, or else she would have to go out to replace the cylinder. Apart from his mother, the child had not seen anyone and used to draw and write on walls. Majhi involved his parents and in-laws, but Munmun did not change her mind, so he decided to inform the police.
A team of police, health officials and members of the child welfare department, and an NGO went to their house on Monday, but Munmun was not ready to understand; she threatened to kill her son and die by suicide. On Tuesday morning, the cops returned and attempted to speak with Munmun again, where they had to break open the door and rescue the mother and child.
The team saw that the apartment was filled with garbage, bundles of clothes, hair, empty grocery packets and a layer of dirt had settled everywhere.
Both the mother and the son were admitted to the Civil Hospital for a health checkup and have been referred to PGI Rohtak. Majhi was overjoyed to embrace his son again and thanked the police for getting his family back.
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