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'Killer' mother says she was stressed

Two days after Dahisar resident Deepika Parmar, 28, flung her month-old daughter from the toilet window of KEM hospital, she broke her silence.

mumbai Updated: Oct 29, 2010 01:41 IST
HT Correspondent

Two days after Dahisar resident Deepika Parmar, 28, flung her month-old daughter from the toilet window of KEM hospital, she broke her silence.

During a psychiatric consultation session on Thursday, Parmar told the doctors that she had been stressed out about the health of her twins — a girl and and boy — since they were born.

“She has slowly started communicating... the ill health of her premature twins and the constant fear whether they will survive made her very anxious,” said Dr Shubhangi Parkar, head of psychiatry, KEM Hospital.

The doctors treating Deepika have put her on sedatives as she is mentally “worn out”.

Deepika’s husband, Manish, said she was under a lot of pressure since the deliverybecause she was always nursing the babies. “On Thursday, I met her for the first time after the incident and she was not in the right frame of mind.”

Deepika’s mother, Leelaben, said: “Her family is facing a financial crisis and with the medical bills increasing she was worried.”

The twin boy, who is in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit with Deepika, is doing fine and will be taken off oxygen in the next two days, a doctor said.

On Tuesday, Deepika had raised an alarm that her daughter had gone missing. Hospital officials found the infant in a gutter outside one of the toilets.

When the security guard scanned the CCTV footage they saw Deepika entering a toilet with the baby in her arms at 4.30 am, but coming out emptyhanded. The infant died of head injuries.

Deepika’s family said the police have not informed them that she has been booked for murder. “Deepika doesn’t know that she is likely to be arrested after her son is fine. We don’t even have the money to appoint a lawyer for her,” said her father-in-law, Chandubhai. Two woman constables and a male constable have been appointed to keep a check on Deepika.