Samidha Vahal, who is believed to have killed herself and her two daughters at their Kharghar residence, seemed to be unhappy with her husband’s recent transfer to Chennai.
Sources from the police, who chose not to be named, confirmed that the suicide note found at Vahal’s home blamed the strain in the couple’s relationship for the drastic step.
Samidha, who was originally from Delhi, married Prashant, a Kanpur resident 17 years ago. The couple had two daughters and had settled down in Navi Mumbai. Vahal, who had studied dietetics, had been giving tuitions to students of late.
In her suicide note written in Hindi, Vahal reportedly said that while her husband loved her a lot before the marriage, he had been neglecting her of late. She also complained that he was very close to his parents.
Recently, Prashant had moved to Chennai on work and would visit his family during the holidays. Samidha was upset at her husband’s transfer. Vahal’s father, Shivshankar Sharma, said, “Prashant had told her that he would call her there once he settled down.
After Prashant left for Chennai on April 19, she sent him a text message that read: I am going. Bye.” Sharma said Prashant called his wife back, but she did not answer her phone. “He thought she may have gone some place out.”
Though Vahal has named her husband in the suicide note, Samidha’s family has come out in support of their son-in-law. “Prashant is a good son-in-law and he took good care of my daughter. She wanted to be with him. I don’t understand why she took such an extreme step.”
A sobbing Prashant who was present at the Panvel morgue where the post-mortem was conducted was not in a position to make any comment.
Police have also decided to wait for some time before they probe further into the incident.
“We haven’t spoken to the family members yet. We are waiting for the funeral to take place before we talk to them,” Satpute said.