Aleena Hassan, the young woman who is being claimed by a couple from Varkala to be their daughter Sunitha, was taken in custody by the Varkala police on Wednesday after she was discharged from the Government Mental Health Centre at Kuthiravattom here where she was undergoing treatment for the last few days.

The Varkala police are bound to produce the woman in the Kerala High Court for the hearing on a habeas corpus petition filed by the couple.

Dr. K.K. Sivadasan, who treated the woman, said hers was a complex case requiring at least 10 days for a proper evaluation. However, the doctor's impression was that she was suffering from dissociative disorder wherein she had adopted a completely different identity. While speaking to the hospital staff, she always claimed that her name was Aleena and that her father was Hassan. Dr. Abdul Sadiq, who discharged her, said she was fit to travel and not of violent nature.

The woman appeared in news after she was found wandering at a railway station in Mumbai earlier this month. A police team from Kannur brought her from Mumbai but lost her in Goa, where she was traced with the help of the local police. She was brought to Kozhikode on Saturday and was admitted to the mental health centre.

Subair and Salma, the couple from Varkala, claimed on Sunday that the woman was their daughter who had gone missing on February 3 while she was undergoing treatment for fever at Varkala Mission Hospital. They came to Kozhikode after identifying her through a photograph that appeared in a daily.

Keywords: Aleena Hassan