Twenty-seven-year-old Mango resident Purnima Nayak owes her life to the sharp reflexes of fishermen at Subernarekha.
For, when the mother of four jumped into the river from Mango bridge on Thursday around 7.30am with the intention of ending her life, two of them saved her.
As the rescued woman could not stand, owning to spinal injuries, fishermen immediately rushed her to the emergency ward of MGM Medical College and Hospital.
Gaur Bustee resident Purnima later told The Telegraph she wanted to commit suicide due to extreme poverty and her alcoholic husband.
“My husband Subhas works in a private firm, but the bulk of his earning goes on liquor. At times, he does not go to work and stays at home to drink. If I protest, he hits me before my children. Last night, he beat me up,” she told The Telegraph.
The couple has two sons and two daughters, aged between two and eight years. She added her husband earned Rs 9,000 a month, while she brought home a sum of Rs 3,000 by working as a help at a local club. But her husband’s absenteeism and alcoholism ate into his salary.
ASI of Sakchi police station Suresh Kumar, posted at MGM Medical College and Hospital, recorded her statement. “It is a case of attempted suicide. She was forced to take the extreme step. We are mulling whether to book the woman or not,” he said
Purnima’s husband denied hitting her.