'Paranoid' Gomes gets bail

  A metropolitan magistrate at Vasai granted bail to Gomes on a surety of Rs 15,000.
Gomes, who was arrested on Wednesday night for confining the victims and subjecting them to torture at their home in Naigaon, applied for bail after he was remanded to judicial custody till October 15.

“I have been falsely implicated. My wife and daughters are mentally unstable and I used to confine them inside the house only to protect them,” Gomes told reporters outside the Court after getting bail.

Refuting allegations of torturing the three women, he said, “I am taking computer classes for a couple of kids at home. So, the question of ill-treating my wife and daughters does not arise.”

“The NGO, Anand Rehabilitation Centre, had not taken my consent despite my being the head of the family, before taking my wife and daughter away”, Gomes, a science graduate from St Zavier’s college, alleged.

Refuting allegations that he had assaulted his younger daughter Barbara resulting in dislocation of her neck, Gomes said, last year, she had failed in her examination and due to shock and depression she used to slouch due to which her neck was dislocated.

Gomes claimed he had been taking his daughter to Cardinal Gracious hospital for treatment. On the issue of keeping his daughters in confinement, he said, “In 2004, my elder daughter Elizabeth was kidnapped from Juhu beach and raped for 20 days by some unidentified men.”

“This is why I try to keep my daughters away from strangers in order to save them,” he said.

Meanwhile, R Gopalkrishnan, head of Anand Rehabilitation Centre, which rescued Gomes’ wife Theresa and his daughters, said the man requires immediate medical attention as he was suffering from schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder.

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