A homemaker strangled her five-year-old son before trying to commit suicide at her brother’s house in Survey Park, south Calcutta, early on Sunday.
The child was taken to a private hospital where he was declared dead. The woman had slit her throat and slashed her wrist. She was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.
Police said preliminary investigation revealed that she has been undergoing treatment for psychiatric problems.
An officer said the woman came to Calcutta for treatment from Dehra Dun, where her husband works as a scientist. She has been staying at her younger brother’s place since January 15 with her two sons.
“She used to sleep in a room with her younger son,” said an officer of Survey Park police station. “Her other son, aged 15, was staying at her elder brother’s house in the same locality.”
The brother used to get up at night and take his nephew to the toilet, the officer said. “He woke up around 2.30am on Sunday and found the door of his sister’s room open. He took the child to the toilet and went back to sleep. But when he woke up around 6am, he found the door of the room bolted from inside. When his sister did not respond after repeated knocks, he alerted neighbours. They came and broke the door,” he said.
The neighbours saw the child on the bed with a dupatta around his neck while the mother was standing nearby with a bloodstained bonti in her hand, the officer said.
Her husband told the police that she was diagnosed with a mental disease in December last year. “He sent his wife here for treatment. He was planning to settle in the city,” the officer added.