The 16-year-old girl, arrested for stabbing a Ghatkopar doctor for whom she was working as an assistant, has been sent to the Dongri children's remand home.
The police have asked counsellors at the remand home to send the girl for a check-up.
“We suspect the girl has suicidal tendencies. The way she reacted shows she might be suffering from a mental illness,” said Police Inspector Chandrakant Puri.
The girl, who had been working with Dr Haresh Tolia (53) for the past six months, allegedly stabbed Tolia with a razor blade on his neck, nose and hands on Saturday.
Tolia had informed the girl's parents that she had suicidal tendencies as she had allegedly asked him to give her some medicine to kill herself.
Tolia, who sustained serious injuries on his throat and is unable to talk, told the police before collapsing that the girl had asked him for Rs 2,000. “He told us she wanted to return the money to her ex-boyfriend,” said Puri. The girl threatened to commit suicide if she did not get the money.
“While stabbing Tolia, the girl too suffered injury on her hand,” said Puri. According to the girl's mother's statement, after the incident, the girl rushed home and made up a story about her employer having been attacked by some strangers. “She said she sustained injuries while fighting the assailants. I saw the wound and her scared look and took her to the hospital. There I got a call from my house that the police have reached there to arrest her. I took her to the police station myself,” said the girl's mother. Tolia's family who are in a state of shock refused to comment.
“We have recorded the statement of the shop owner from whom the girl purchased the razor on Saturday,” added Puri. The police are tracing her ex-boyfriend. “The girl has not revealed anything about the boy although she has confessed to the crime," added the police officer.