A day after she was attacked by her relatives, Swati, the wife of Madhukar Reddy Gudur, the Telangana techie who allegedly committed suicide in the US last week, spoke out.
Addressing media persons, Swati said that Madhukar was reeling under depression, and was prone to mood swings.
“He would be normal at one moment; then he would turn violent and assault me. But he would immediately apologise and say that he loved me. He was on medication,” she was quoted as saying.
“I am deeply disturbed after the sudden death of my husband. I travelled all the way with his body and I wasn’t even allowed to see him at the funeral. I have a four-year-old daughter and I request my in-laws to help me in taking care of her,” she added.
She also said that she had informed his family about the depression, but they didn't do anything about it.
On Tuesday, Swati reached Bhongir, Madhukar's hometown, along with his body, which was cremated later.
However, during the cremation, Madhukar's relatives attacked Swati, and blamed her for his decision to kill himself.
The angry relatives asked Swati to go away when she came to attend the funeral. Visuals from local media channels showed a big crowd pushing and pulling even as a man can be seen randomly throwing punches at the centre of the gathering.
Swati and her mother later approached the police to seek protection.
37-year-old Madhukar was found hanging from a fan in his house in Seattle on April 4. Before ending his life, Madhukar had sent a mail to his parents, requesting them to forgive him.
Madhukar and Swati, who is also a software professional in the northwestern US city, had recently moved into their new home with their daughter.
According to his family, he was very well off and did not have any financial problems.
An alumnus of BITS Pilani, Madhukar was living in the US since 2010 and was working for a multi-national company.
His relatives said after the marriage he had stopped visiting his parents and they blamed Swati for this alienation.