A 33-year-old woman in Hyderabad killed herself after she held on to her three-year-old daughter and jumped off the fourth floor balcony of her apartment in the city's Balajinagar area in Kukatpally on Saturday night.
The incident took place at around 11 pm and the woman has been identified as 33-year-old Padmaja. Police said that Padmaja and her husband, Rama Murthy, had been facing financial issues, which may have led her to take the extreme step.
"She was rushed to OMNI Hospitals nearby where she succumbed to her injuries while undergoing treatment. The daughter is presently undergoing treatment for her injuries," a police officer who visited the spot, told reporters.
The couple, who have two daughters, were reported to be married for close to 13 years and they were running an event management business.
The incident was also caught on a CCTV camera. The visuals show Padmaja and her daughter falling to the ground at 10:57 pm. Within a minute, Rama Murthy is seen running out of the gate and picking up his wife and shouting for help. The neighbours who are alerted also step out. The video ends as he picks up his daughter to check what injuries she had received from the fall.
Police said that they have registered a case of suspicious death under Section 174 of the CrPC, based on a complaint by Padmaja's father, Lakshmi Narayana.
Padmaja's family ruled out any foul play and claimed that she was depressed due to the financial problems that the couple were facing. Police visited the spot and collected forensic evidence.
An autopsy was conducted at Gandhi Hospital after which the body was handed over to the family. Further investigation is ongoing.
Just last week, four members of a family in Hyderabad were rushed to the hospital after they attempted to kill themselves by consuming a liquid laced with sleeping pills. The family, reportedly hailing from Punjab, was residing at DD Colony in Amberpet.
Those in need of counselling can contact Roshni, a suicide helpline operational every day from 11 am to 9 pm. Roshni can be reached at 040 66202000/2001.