Teenager escaped captive hell in father's filthy Spanish home with secret email
A British teenager has been rescued by Spanish police from a house near Madrid where his father had kept him prisoner for more than two years.
The 19-year-old, identified only as Prakash, finally managed to break out of captivity by sending an email to a confidential police account designed to help people in family-related distress, bypassing the filters his father had set on the computer to prevent his son making contact with the outside world.
The Civil Guard police force has released pictures of the filthy and squalid conditions in which the British man, identified as Ghanshyam, had locked up his son.
Metal bars blocked the windows against any chance of escape. Prakash, who reportedly weighed only six stone, two ounces when carried to safety by civil guards, told the police that his father beat him on a daily basis.
"The youth was suffering from emaciation, disorientation and the physical effects of beatings by his father," the Civil Guard said in a statement.
The teenager's father was arrested and accused of unlawful detention before being released pending his eventual trial.
Neighbours from the street in the Madrid dormitory town of Rivas Vaciamadrid said that the boy's father was a conflictive character who seemed to be suffering from mental illness.
His father's wife left the house three years ago with the couple's daughter, but Prakash stayed on with his father.
"The father is not normal. He is very strange. I knew that the boy was in the house because when the Civil Guard came three years ago with a court order to take the women away, he decided to stay," next door neighbour Luis García told Spain's ABC newspaper. © Daily Telegraph London