Ghazal singer Chitra Singhs daughter Monica Choudhary (50) was found hanging at her home at Perry Cross Road,Bandra,in the early hours of Friday.
Choudhary had been born to Chitra Singh from her first marriage,before she had wedded fellow-ghazal singer Jagjit Singh. In 1990,Jagjit and Chitra Singhs son Vivek,then 21,had died in a road accident; Chitra Singh hasnt sung since.
The family has told the police that Choudhary committed suicide. She was estranged from her second husband and depressed. She was living on the sixth floor of Kalpal Hormus Apartments with her two young sons.
According to elder son Arman,she had retired to her bedroom around 2 am and latched her door. That evening,younger son Umair had left for Singapore with his father, said Deputy Commissioner of Police,Zone IX,Niket Kaushik.
In the morning,Chitra Singh knocked on her daughters door,got no response,tried calling her on the cellphone and woke up Arman,who then entered the room through the bathroom and found her hanging from the fan, Kaushik said.
Police officials said the family had ruled out any foul play and said Choudhary had been depressed. No one in the family could be contacted.
Residents of the building described the death as shocking; Choudhary had shown no signs of her stress.
I sold my flat to them and the family moved in on June 5,2004. Chitra and Jagjit Singh would often visit and they were a close-knit family. Last night,too,she called on me at 9.30 pm and was her normal self, said the buildings secretary.
Choudhary married Jehangir Choudhary,a film cinematographer,in 1988. Arman is 17 and Umair 12. In 2005,she divorced him and married Briton Mark Houghton Roger Atkins,managing director of a Vikhroli firm. In 2007,she filed a case of harassment against him with the Bandra police.
In 2008,a magistrate issued a non-bailable warrant against Atkins. He had left the country and Interpol put out a red corner notice. The case is in Bandra court and the notice is yet to be executed.