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Domestic help falls to death from 15-storey building

mumbai Updated: Dec 01, 2010 01:33 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

A teenaged domestic help allegedly jumped to her death from the top floor of a 15-storey building at Oshiwara on Tuesday morning.

The residents of Castle Yashodeep Cooperative Housing Society, who came rushing out of their houses on hearing a loud thud, found Sangeeta Shirishwal’s body on the parapet of the first-floor. The police have registered a case of accident death, but Shirishwal’s parents suspect foul play. They claim that their 19-year-old daughter had no reason to end her life.

At 7.30am, Shirishwal, who was employed with two families on the second and sixth floors of the building, went for work as usual.

She returned to her shanty in the nearby slums at 11am, made lunch for her family and then left saying she had some work. The police found Shirishwal’s slippers and dupatta in the common corridor on the 15th floor, where she had gone to meet one of the residents who wanted to hire her.

“My daughter had been working at the two houses for a month and never complained of any harassment. We suspect that something had happened when she went to the 15th floor flat for the job, which triggered her to take the drastic step,” her mother, Sunita, alleged.

Deputy commissioner of police (zone9) KMM Prasanna said, “We have registered a case of accidental death. We will also investigate into the allegations made her family. We are awaiting the post-mortem reports to ascertain the exact cause of death.”

The police will take statements of Shirishwal’s employers, the building watchman and the residents on the 15th floor.