A 28-year-old woman allegedly strangled her three-year-old daughter before hanging herself in her home in West Delhi’s Rajouri Garden Monday.
Police said the woman left behind a suicide note, in which she said she was depressed as her daughter suffered from a ‘mental disorder’.
Her husband returned home from work at about 10.30 pm Monday and discovered their bodies.
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Police said he kept ringing the door bell and calling his wife, but she did not respond. “He then peeped through one of the windows and saw his wife hanging from the ceiling fan and the child lying on the bed,” said a senior police officer.
Police said the man raised an alarm and neighbours helped him break down the door.
“He brought down his wife’s body and made a PCR call. Police rushed to the spot and took the woman and her daughter to a nearby hospital where they were declared brought dead. Prima facie, it appears the woman first strangled her daughter after which she hanged herself. We are awaiting the autopsy report,” added the officer.
Police said they retrieved the suicide note from the bed. “I don’t have any grievance against anyone. My husband is a good man and he never troubled me… However, my child is ill and she is not recovering despite medical treatment. That is why I am taking this step,” the note stated.
Police said the couple’s daughter was a special-needs child. “She was physically weak for her age…,” said an officer.
Police registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC and began inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC to look into the woman’s suicide.
The couple had been married for nine years. The man works in an MNC in Ghaziabad. His wife was a homemaker.