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Depressed elderly woman jumps off terrace in Thane

A 52-year-old woman jumped off her the terrace of her building at Ghodbunder Road in Thane on Friday afternoon, allegedly due to depression. The body of Damyanti Upadhyaya, a resident of Devdarshan society, was found by the society’s security guard.

mumbai Updated: Dec 03, 2011 02:24 IST
Susamma Kurian

A 52-year-old woman jumped off her the terrace of her building at Ghodbunder Road in Thane on Friday afternoon, allegedly due to depression. The body of Damyanti Upadhyaya, a resident of Devdarshan society, was found by the society’s security guard.

The Upadhyayas reside on the ground floor of the building. While Damayanti’s husband was away at work in Bhiwandi, her son Ankur, 22, was at home when the incident took place.

“She told me she was going out for a stroll. Sometime later, the watchman told me she had jumped off the terrace. She had been depressed for quite some time and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia just six months ago. She was taking medicines for it,” said Ankur, who has completed his graduation and is now learning foreign languages.

Security guard Saber Ali had handed over the terrace keys to

Damyanti around 2 pm. “She had been asking me for the keys from the morning saying she wanted to take a stroll. I refused twice, but she kept insisting, so, I relented and gave her the keys. I was sitting outside the building gate when I heard a loud thud and found her on the ground,” said the watchman.

The deceased’s body has been sent for a post-mortem to the civic hospital. The Kasarwadavli police station has filed an accidental death report. “She committed suicide as she was depressed and was suffering from schizophrenia,” said senior inspector Pramod Khade.