Ten days after a software engineer from Telangana committed suicide at his Seattle house in the US, his wife attempted to end her life in Hyderabad on Friday.
According to Rachakonda police, 32-year-old Swathi consumed toilet cleaning fluid at her parents’ house in Kothapet area early that morning. Her family members rushed her to a local private hospital, where she is recovering.
Gudur Madhukar Reddy (37), who works at a software firm at Tiki in California, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his room on April 4. Madhukar’s parents – Gudur Bal Reddy and Suguna – alleged that he had taken the extreme step after a series of disputes with his wife.
Swathi works as a software engineer at Seattle, also in the US.
“My daughter tried to commit suicide because she couldn’t bear to hear all the baseless allegations being levelled against her. She was under severe mental pressure due to the inhuman treatment meted out to her at her husband’s funeral,” said Swathi’s father, Narasimha Reddy.
Madhukar’s body was brought to Bhongir, his hometown, and cremated on April 11. Though Swathi and her four-year-old daughter Sharmishta accompanied the body to her native place, she was denied entry into the cremation ground by angry in-laws who accused her of abetting Madhukar’s suicide. They even allegedly assaulted Swathi and her parents before the cremation, and asked them to leave immediately.
The next day, Swathi called a press conference to deny the allegations leveled by Madhukar’s parents. Attributing her husband’s suicide to depression and work-related stress, she said: “Except for minor family disputes, we were a happy family and I loved him a lot. Otherwise, why did I accompany my husband’s body to India?”
Swathi said Madhukar’s parents were probably trying to disown her for fear that she might ask for a share of their property.
However, Bal Reddy alleged that Swathi had been harassing her husband ever since they got married. Before committing suicide, Madhukar had left two messages on his mother’s mobile, stating: “Amma, nannu kshaminchu (Dear mother, please forgive me).”
Sources in Madhukar’s family said Swathi couldn’t get along with his parents, leading to disputes between the two. “After their marriage, he came here to see his parents only once. Swathi was not interested in coming to her in-laws’ place,” a relative said.