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Depressed woman kills daughter, commits suicide

In a tragic incident, a 36-year-old woman strangled her six-year-old daughter before killing herself at her residence in east Delhi’s Surajmal Vihar.

delhi Updated: Aug 10, 2011 00:23 IST
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In a tragic incident, a 36-year-old woman strangled her six-year-old daughter before killing herself at her residence in east Delhi’s Surajmal Vihar. The police said the woman was undergoing treatment for depression at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) and had shown suicidal tendencies.

“Sangeeta Pokhriyal was found hanging from the ceiling and her daughter was found dead in their ground floor room at C-165, Surajmal Vihar. We suspect that she strangled her daughter, Vrinda, while she was asleep and then killed herself,” said a senior police official.

It was Sangeeta’s son Chetan (9) who saw her hanging at 5am.

“Chetan saw the body and began shouting. Pokhriyal’s in-laws, who were on the first floor, informed the police. They also noticed Vrinda lying unconscious on the bed,” the officer added.

Both were rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared them brought dead.

The police are waiting for the post-mortem report but preliminary reports suggest Pokhriyal strangled Vrinda soon after she went to sleep and hanged herself a few hours after that.

The neighbours and family were in a state of shock.

“She was undergoing treatment at IHBAS and had to go for a counselling session on Tuesday. Last night, we had dinner together at 8pm and she was absolutely fine. There were no signs of depression and she, along with Vrinda, went to their room around 9pm,” said Jagdish Chandra Pokhriyal, her father in-law.

Sangeeta’s husband Hemant is a junior engineer with a gas pipeline company in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.

He told the police that she was suffering from bouts of depression for the past two years and had been undergoing medical treatment.

Meanwhile Sangeeta’s family members claimed she went into depression after her husband forced her to quit her teaching job. “She was a primary school teacher, but her husband asked her to leave the job and look after the family.

She loved her profession and wanted to continue working,” said Prashant Singh, Sangeeta’s brother.

“She was often seen taking a walk in the park. Her children were always with her. Sometimes, she used to play with her daughter. We can’t believe this has happened,” said Vinod Priya Gupta, a neighbour.