Six years ago,when they were attacked by men on a motorcycle who snatched a gold chain,the sisters were so petrified that they headed indoors never to stir out till they were rescued on Saturday morning.
Mamta Gupta (30) and Neerja (29),who were taken straight to hospital,were found to be severely malnourished. They had not been eating for the past few months and remained confined to their beds in a Sector-8 Rohini apartment.
The two sisters were rescued by neighbours after their mother,Nirmal,told them that the condition of her daughters was deteriorating rapidly. Both sisters,said neighbours,did not say a word as they were whisked away in a CATS ambulance.
The Gupta sisters case is similar to that of Anuradha and Sonali Behl,who were rescued from their Noida home in April last year,in a state of acute starvation.
The Gupta sisters have been admitted to the ICU in Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital. Doctors said their condition is critical.
Mamta and Neerja lived in a ground-floor apartment with their mother. Mamta returned to her mothers home two years after her marriage. Her son,now 13,also lived in the same house.
The hospitals additional medical superintendent Dr Amareshwar Narayana told Newsline: Mamtas condition is more critical. The two women are severely malnourished,though it is difficult to tell for how long they have not eaten it may be days or even months. Mamta cannot even stretch her limbs,she is so weak. She also has large bedsores and we have completed dressing them. Mamta is not talking at all. She starts crying whenever there is an attempt to question her. Neerja is talking,but she is incoherent,though she is alert.
Doctors suspect that the two sisters and their mother are suffering from some psychiatric disorder.
We are concentrating on improving their nutrition levels and treating the infections. There is also some suspicion of gangrene developing in the case of Mamta,but we need to examine this clinically, Dr Narayana said.
Nirmal,doctors said,could not provide an explanation for the condition of her daughters.
Neighbours said the sisters would often shout at passersby from inside the house.
Archana,a friend of the sisters from Sarvodya School,said: I have known them since childhood. They were cheerful,but six years ago they became victims of chain snatching near their house. The incident destroyed them. Since then,the two were scared of venturing out of their house.
The sisters had studied up to Class XII,Archana said.
Earlier,they used to come out for a walk after dinner. Six years ago,during one such walk,two motorcycle-borne men snatched a gold chain. They were quite shaken, Archana said.
Other neighbours said the only interaction they had was with Nirmal and Mamtas son.
Archanas mother Roopmati said,Nirmal used to tell me that she had tried to spoon-feed her daughters,but they refused to eat. She also told us that they had stopped eating for the last several months. We had suggested that she take the two to a hospital,but she dismissed us saying that her daughters were not ill.
Nirmals husband,Rajendra Gupta,died around 10 years ago.