Widow hangs minor son, kills self

Jun 07, 2013, 07:44 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

Depression doesn't just kill the rich and famous. In what appears to be another such instance, a 30-year-old widow allegedly took the life of her eight-year-old son by hanging him in the bathroom and later committed suicide by suspending herself from the ceiling fan in the bedroom

The incident took place at Dattakripa Housing Society in Santoshnagar, Katraj on Wednesday afternoon. Bharati Vidyapeeth police said it has not recovered any suicide note from the spot. However, cops suspect that the woman, whose husband died in an accident a year ago, might have taken the extreme step owing to depression.

The deceased have been identified as Rani Sachin Raut, and her son Soham (8) who was a class III student. Police said that after the death of her husband, Rani and her son had moved into her parents’ home in Dattakripa Housing Society.

“After their marriage, Rani was staying in Shirur with her husband Sachin who ran a hair salon. Around a year ago, Sachin met with a road accident near Moshi, Chakan and died,” said sub-inspector, PK Patil of Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.

The cop said that as per the information given by her parents, Rani was in tremendous depression. He added that her mother Nanda Bhairunath Pande has a papad business and Rani used to help her. The deceased’s father works in the state transport department, two of her brothers are in the police force, and one works in a private firm.

“On Wednesday morning, Rani’s father and brothers left for work and she started helping her mother prepare papads. Around noon, her mother too went out to deliver the papads to a dealer,” said Patil.

He added that around 4 pm, the mother returned home and rang the doorbell, but there was no response. She then knocked on the door for a while but in vain. “Nanda grew anxious. She went downstairs and called some local shop keepers who, along with some residents, tried to open the door, but again without luck,” said the sub-inspector.

Some people then went to the terrace and managed to enter the flat through the balcony. They were shocked to find Rani hanging in the bedroom.

“Rani’s mother then began frantically searching for Soham, and received another jolt on finding him hanging in the bathroom. The police were alerted,” Patil said. The mother and son were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival. “We have lodged a case under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC and investigation is on,” said Patil. 

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