Local administration rescued a chained woman from the cowshed at her sons’ house in Barguna Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.
Victim Khabirunnesa, 75, wife of late Abdul Hamid of Chardhuptee village, was later admitted to Barguna General Hospital.
After being released from the hospital, Khabirunnesa’s daughter Taslima will keep her mother with her while the victim’s two sons were asked to pay alimony to their mother, said Md Tanvir Azim Siddqi, chairman of Gourichanna union parishad (UP), quoting Md Zakir Hossain, executive magistrate of the district administration.
Md Humayun Kabir, a neighbor of the victim, said Khabirunnesa’s husband died two years ago.
After her husband’s demise, her two sons — rickshaw puller Badol and rickshaw van peddler Bacchu — got share of their father’s property and since then they started ignoring Khabirunnesa.
Their relatives arranged several meetings on the issue but the sons did not want to take care of their mother every time, said Kabir.
Five months ago, Khabirunnesa was kept chained in the cowshed and provided food once a day and since then she has been being treated inhumanly by her sons, alleged a neighbour.
On information, the UP chairman and the executive magistrate rescued the chained woman from the cowshed on Wednesday night.
Bacchu said his mother is a mental patient and once she went missing. Due to this, she was kept chained in the house.
Badol’s wife Baby Begum said her mother-in-law is a mental patient.
Meanwhile, after being rescued from the cowshed, the sick mother said her sons were taking care of her properly.
If the sons do not pay alimony to their mother, action will be taken against the duo, said the magistrate.