A 63-year-old scientist, formerly associated with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), committed suicide at her Govandi flat.
Her body was found on Friday morning.
Dr Uma Narsimha Rao, who was president of the Indian Woman Scientists Association, left a suicide note, in which she mentioned that she was driven to suicide by depression.
Rao, whose husband had died in 2001, lived alone in her flat at Runwal Centre building.
Around 8.30am, Maitri Sushila, Rao’s domestic help, entered the house and found her on the floor, unconscious. Rao had given Sushila the housekeys the previous day, telling her that she would be going to the hospital for a check-up on Friday morning. Sushila called up Rao’s son Anurag, 34, who lives nearby. Rao was taken to the hospital, where she was declared dead.
“The suicide note, signed by Rao, mentioned that she was frustrated as she had been suffering from depression for a long time, and did not want to live that way. She added that she had taken an overdose of sleeping pills and that no one should be held responsible for her suicide,” said J Khandagale, assistant commissioner of police, Trombay division.
He added that Rao had also been suffering from a digestive disorder, which caused frequent and excruciating stomach aches.
Rao worked in the food technology and cell biology division of BARC and later served in its media relations division.
Rao’s husband Narsimha had also been a scientist with BARC, and had died of a heart attack.
Rao’s elder son Debashish, 40, a businessman, lives in the US. Her younger son works with an event management firm.
The police have recorded an accidental death report. They added that they will record the statements of the domestic help and Rao’s younger son, to get clarity on the cause of her depression.