Mother chained son for 17 years in a room
This story sounds straight out of a novel like that of Alexandre Dumas’s The Man in the Iron Mask. A man was kept locked in a solitary room for 17 years by his mother and was not even allowed to answer nature's call at a village in Davanagere district of Karnataka. 30 year old Keshvamurthy walked out to freedom on Sunday after the neighbours, on coming to know about his confinement, broke the wall of the room and rescued him. He was chained since 1995 by his mother Chowdamma at Lokkapura village for objecting to her becoming a ‘Devadasi’ (a religious tradition in which girls are ‘married’ to God) after getting separated from her husband.
Keshavamurthy’s mother did not allow him to go out even to answer nature's call and served food through a window of his room all these years. His beard was given a shave by a barber and his hair was trimmed and he was taken to National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bangalore for a checkup. Defending her action, Chowdamma alleged that Keshvamurthy in his younger days used to beat his house inmates including her and his brother. He also objected to her becoming a ‘Devadasi’ when she turned a widow and wanted to serve God.