A 30-year-old homemaker chose the noose over family life — with her alcoholic husband and their three children — at Namda bustee in Golmuri in the small hours of Sunday, taking the city’s suicide toll to 18 in March and a staggering 58 so far this year.
Relatives said Gurpreet Kaur had frequent fights with husband Butta Singh (38), an employee with a private transport company, over his drinking habit. Saturday (March 23) night was no different.
“It was freedom hero Bhagat Singh’s death anniversary and Gurpreet feared that Butta would come home drunk again. So, in the evening, she urged him to stay away from alcohol, which was harming his health. On being asked to quit drinking, Butta lost his nerve, chided his wife and left. He returned to his Line No. 4 home half past midnight only to found her dead,” said a family source.
Sources said Butta saw that the door to Gurpreet’s room was ajar. Their three children — a six-year-old son and two daughters aged three and one — were sleeping on the bed. And she was hanging from the hook of the ceiling fan with her dupatta. With help from neighbours, he rushed her to Tinplate Hospital, but doctors declared her brought dead.
Golmuri police have sent the body to MGM Medical College for post-mortem and registered a case of unnatural death based on Butta’s statement.
Officer-in-charge inspector Nehaluddin Khan confirmed suicide though Gurpreet did not leave behind any note. “The woman was found hanging in her room around 12.30pm, when there was no one else in the house except her three sleeping children. Besides, there were no external wounds or signs of a struggle to suggest anything else,” he said.
On what spurred Gurpreet’s death wish, inspector Khan said there could be more than just one reason. “The young mother may have hanged herself because she felt slighted by her alcoholic husband abuses. Also, the family’s financial condition was not good. We are investigating into details,” he added.
Pro-life centre Jeevan, which has been trying in vain to curb the city’s endemic death wish, is now offering free counselling. All one needs to do is call at Jeevan’s helpline number 66453841. Display boards, announcing the same, are being put up at public places and in front of schools.
Director M. Ram said they had already fixed 17 such boards, while 53 more were in line. “Our sole objective is to help people love life all over again. Contact us for a solution to your problems,” Ram made an appeal.