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TUMPAT, June 27:

A woman with Down’s Syndrome, who was caged under a small and dark space under the family house in Kampung Pasir Pekan Hulu here for more than 10 years, was rescued by the police and the Social Welfare Department today.

Tumpat police chief Supt Zaharuddin Rasip said the woman, in her 30s, was rescued by authorities after being alerted by the Tumpat People’s Action Council and local press this afternoon.

He said the woman was believed to have been locked up by family members after her parents died.

The barn-sized enclosure had a small bed and the floor was covered with the woman’s faeces and urine.

He said the woman was looked after by her brother who lived nearby.

Zaharuddin said the police and Welfare Department would be investigating the matter, adding that the woman had been sent to the Tumpat district hospital for treatment.

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