At their tender age of seven and six,Mahesh and Sasikala did not really know what happened to their mother. All they understood was that their mother was about to kill them by drowning in a deep well,just like how she had killed her two younger daughters minutes earlier.
The children still do not know what is happening around them. The bodies of their younger siblings are awaiting post-mortem,while their mother,Hamsavani,is behind bars at the same police station where they have taken refuge.
Driven by poverty-induced despair and depression due to her husbands death,Hamsavani killed her daughters Gomathy (4) and Leelavathy (3),throwing them into a 70-feet deep well,at Sulur in Coimbatore district on Wednesday morning.
Her husband Venkatesan of Nallapalayam died a couple of years ago after a heart attack. According to police officials,Hamsavani’s only earnings remained through menial work she did for which she got a paltry daily wage.
Hamsavani (35) was worried about the future of her children,especially the three girls. Her father allegedly promised to pay some money after selling their land though he did not keep the promise. She said this had left her family in extreme poverty, said a district police personnel.
After finding no help from her family,she went to her late husbands house on Tuesday,asking her father-in-law for money. But she had to return empty handed on Wednesday morning.
When she reached Sothakadu near Sulur at around 10 am,Hamsavani threw Leelavathy and Gomathy into a well on the road side. Shocked by this,Mahesh and Sasikala ran away from their mother and alerted a passer-by,a village level official,about the incident.
During interrogation,Hamsavani said she wanted to throw all four children in the well before committing suicide.
Hamsavani has been charged with murder.