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Mumbai: 'Monster' dad wants to meet family, writes to CM

Source: PTI
December 30, 2009 21:24 IST
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Francis Gomes, accused of confining his wife and two daughters for seven years at their house in Mumbai's suburban Vasai, has written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, demanding that he be allowed to meet his family.

Gomes, who is suffering from schizophrenia, has written a ten-page letter to Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, requesting that he should be reunited with his wife and daughters.

"I and my family are of sound mind. It is the poverty that has deprived my family of a proper meal. They are malnourished and need food and not mental treatment," the letter reads.

Giving a two month ultimatum to the government, Gomes has said he will approach the court if he is not informed about the whereabouts of his family. Gomes's wife Theresa and daughters -- Barbara, 21, and Elizabeth, 27 -- were rescued from their flat in Vasai by a city-based non governmental organisation and were treated at the J J Hospital before being shifted to a missionary centre.

While Barbara was detected with acute catatonic schizophrenia, Theresa and Elizabeth's condition was better. The trio is still undergoing medical and psychological treatment to come out of the trauma they underwent in the past seven years.

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