A 30-year-old widow committed suicide by jumping into a well in Damoh district after killing her six-year-old daughter allegedly after she tested positive for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
The woman was detected HIV positive at a government hospital recently.
The two bodies were found floating in a well on Sunday afternoon, a day after they went missing.
Damoh Dehat police sub-inspector Shradha Shukla told reporters that though preliminary investigation suggested that the woman had committed suicide, but they were waiting for the autopsy reports.
He said that the woman was widowed after her husband, a resident of Singrauli district, died of HIV/AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and tuberculosis three years ago. After his death, the woman settled at her parents’ house in Damoh with her two daughters, aged six and four years.
Over the course of time, the woman and her elder daughter started showing symptoms of tuberculosis and were being treated at a government hospital.
Recently, the doctors at the government hospital screened her for HIV/AIDS and on July 21 the test findings revealed that the woman was HIV positive.
Upset, the woman had confined herself to a room with her children. She also stayed away from the family dinner on Friday night and went missing the next morning. No missing report was lodged by the family.
According to the state AIDS Control Society the number of HIV positive persons in Madhya Pradesh increased from 1,759 in 2005 to 5,395 in 2014.