Four months after she committed suicide by jumping off the 23rd floor of Maker Towers in Cuffe Parade, the police have failed to ascertain the motive behind the death of 18-year-old maid Chanda Pawar. During interrogation, one of her former colleagues told the police that Pawar often sat precariously at the edge of a window in the high-rise apartment.
Pawar was found dead at Maker Towers in the early hours on November 28 last year. The police said she had been working as a maid for the past year and half at the residence of Yogesh Bulchandani, owner of Dynamic Corporation and director of investment firm Vyomesh Investment and Trading Company. She stayed with the Bulchandanis, and was paid Rs 10,000 a month.
“During investigation, an elderly man, who was also employed with the Bulchandanis, told us that Pawar often sat at the edge of her room’s window that had no grill. He would scold her, but she wouldn’t respond,” said Sharad Barde, senior inspector, Cuffe Parade police station. The man died soon after, leaving the police without a concrete witness account.
Barde added that investigations had also revealed tensions between Pawar and her father, who lived in Ambedkar Nagar in Cuffe Parade. “She had been upset that her father was trying to get her sisters married off, but was not finding her a match,” said Barde. He added that neighbours and friends were not cooperating with them. Pawar’s family, however, has accused the police of doing a shoddy job in the case. “They first told us that the investigation would be completed within three months. But, they have no answers for us whenever we visit the police station,” said Chanda’s brother Rakesh Pawar.