Locked up for months inside her home without food or water, a 24-year-old woman with maggots all over her sore infested body was found by police and removed to hospital.

The woman’s father, an employee of Cochin Port Trust (CPT) is a liquor addict while her mother is reportedly mentally unsound and an only brother a drug addict, police said.

Frail and weak, she was found by neighbours in a filthy stinking room two days ago. Maggots were crawling on her wounds and skinny body, police said.

The matter came to light when her brother asked a neighbour for a bottle of perfume to spray in the room in which his sister was locked up to remove the stench.

Suspicious neighbours peeped inside and were shocked to find the emaciated woman in a serious state.

They immediately enlisted the help of police to get her admitted to the nearby Port Trust hospital, where doctors are attending on her.

Police said no case has been registered against the father.

Port Trust sources said they are contemplating action against its employee.

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