A 27-year-old woman on Monday committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of a 10-floor high-rise residential building at Sector 10-A, Gurgaon. A mother of two, Meenakshi Chalana, the victim, suffered multiple fractures on the body and head as a result of the fall.
The poor health of her children is suspected to have driven her to take the extreme step, the police said.
However, there are contradicting versions about the incident.
"Meenakshi was upset due to the health of her children. Her son is suffering from hydronephrosis (kidney disease) and daughter from asthma. Though we told her that the diseases were curable, she got worried," said the deceased's sister-in-law not wishing to be named.
But the victim's mother said her daughter was not suffering from depression as claimed by the sister-in-law.
The husband of the victim, meanwhile, said the couple had a tiff on Sunday night over his drinking habit.
"Meenakshi's husband told us that the couple had a minor argument over the issue of consuming liquor last night. We have also spoken to other members of the family. We are investigating the matter," said investigation officer ASI Surjeet Singh.
The victim, originally belonged to Bikaner in Rajasthan, was putting up with her family at a rented flat in The Pelican West group housing society for the last six years.
After dropping her daughter at the DAV School in Sector 10-A on Monday, Meenakshi went to the adjacent Karam Yogi group housing society complex.
She entered her name in the visitor's register mentioning that she had come to a beauty parlour located in the building, the police said. Meenakshi headed straight to the terrace and jumped to death at 8:45 am.
"She entered a wrong address and mentioned that she resided in Lord Shiva society complex. Later, we came to know that she was a resident of The Pelican West society," said a security guard of Karam Yogi society.
Meenakshi's husband Amit Chalana is an industrialist and owns two paint factories in Gurgaon, one each in Basai, Jharsa and Baddi (Himachal). The Himachal plant is being managed by his father, a retired bank manager. The deceased was living in a joint family.
Kusum, Meenakshi's mother, told the police that her daughter was not under depression. "I arrived 25 days ago to stay with her. She left her home to drop my grand-daughter at school in the morning. I got to know about the incident later," said Kusum.
Residents of the housing society where Meenakshi resided are in a state of shock.
"She had a jovial nature and was an extrovert. It's shocking that she took such a drastic step," said a resident.
Last Thursday, a 28-year-old female bank executive, suffering from depression, killed herself by jumping from MG Road Metro Station. The woman's parents also registered a complaint against her husband, accusing him of dowry harassment and pressuring her to divorce him, thereby provoking her to take the step.