It was her world for the next 20 years.
When a team of women police officers rescued her, she was naked and was reluctant to move out of the dirty room, a senior Goa police officer told news agency Press Trust of India. The woman, reported to be in her fifties, hadn't stepped out in a long time.
It turned out that the woman had been locked in a dark room at the rear of her parents' house for nearly 20 years. Her only contact with the world outside was a window, through which "she was served food and water" by her two brothers and their family who lived in the ancestral house.
The shocking incident took place in Candolim village, not far from the beach resorts that draw thousands of tourists from within the country and abroad. The police has sent the woman for treatment.
Quoting her family members, the police officer said the woman had married a man from Mumbai. But she returned home after learning that he already had a wife.
"Her family members locked her in the room after she started behaving abnormally after her return from Mumbai," the officer said, according to PTI.
"We are yet to arrest anyone in this case. The investigation is still at primary stage. The statement of family members of the woman is being recorded," he said.
Get the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on ndtv.com/elections. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates from each of the 543 parliamentary seats for the 2019 Indian general elections.