The room the siblings had been confined to had no access to sunlight and was reeking of human faeces with stale food and newspapers scattered around when the NGO members broke open the door, Saathi Seva Group’s Jalpa Patel was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The NGO, which works for the homeless, was tipped off about the siblings’ condition.
“The siblings, including brothers Amrish and Bhavesh and their sister Meghna, had locked themselves up in the room for nearly a decade, according to their father,” Patel added.
All the siblings are well-educated. Amrish was a practicing lawyer, while Meghna has a master’s degree in Psychology. The youngest son Bhavesh has a bachelor’s degree in economics and was a promising cricket player.
They are said to have locked themselves up after their mother’s death nearly 10 years ago.
Their father Naveenbhai Mehta was aware of the situation and used to leave food for his children. “My wife started keeping ill in 1986. She died five-six years later, which affected my children deeply, following which they locked themselves up,” he said.
Patel said: “The siblings were in a dishevelled condition, with their hair and beards grown in long locks like those of mendicants. They were too feeble to properly stand up. Their condition was worse even than an Aghori tantrik.”
The trio were cleaned, shaved and clothed in fresh garments after they were brought out of the room. The NGO is planning to shift them to a place where they will be provided with food and proper treatment.