Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Pregnant Indian commits suicide 'live' on webcam

The Indian community in Bahrain is appalled after a
five-month-pregnant woman hailing from Tamil Nadu reportedly committed
suicide in Manama, recording her last moments on a web camera and
informing her husband that she is going to end her life.

English and vernacular newspapers from the island nation have reported
that Seetha Laxmi (28), an Indian hailing from Salem in Tamil Nadu,
was found hanging from her apartment in Gudaiba area near Al Osra,
Manama, the capital of Bahrain.

The suicide victim was reportedly five months pregnant when she ended her life.

According to reports, the young lady used to work as a beautician, and
recorded her suicide on a webcam on her laptop. The webcam video was
in recording mode while she hanged herself from the ceiling fan,
reports state.

On Monday morning at around 10am, the lady tried to call her husband,
Vinod, who works for a construction company in Bahrain, and when she
could not reach him on the phone, she called the beauty salon located
in a three-star hotel where she used to work and informed her
colleagues that she is going to end her life.

"The suicide has been apparently recorded on the camera connected to a
computer kept in the room. After the salon staff alerted her husband
about the strange phone call from his wife, he rushed to the flat and
found her hanging from the fan ceiling. Last year, a suicide by an
Indian worker, in a public park caused a heated debate about the
suicide issue affecting the Indian community. The number of suicides
has been going up in Bahrain. There are many cases reported in the
media and this pregnant lady's suicide has caused panic in the
community. The worst part is that she has recorded her death on a web
camera," said Shyam Kumar, an Indian executive in Manama.

She came to Manama about a year ago. Bahrain Daily Tribune reported
that the dead body will be flown to India and an autopsy will be done
there. 24PM Newspaper from Manama said quoting her husband that he
called his wife after leaving home and when she did not pick up her
call, he rushed home to find her hanging from the ceiling fan.

She had recorded her messages to her husband, whom she reported loved
too much, but could not return his love, according to writings on the
room call. The Bahrain police have seized the laptop that recorded her
suicide and the room where the incident happened.

The family shared a flat with another Indian family, according to 24PM
Malayalam news. Seetha Laxmi hails from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and the
family sharing the room is quoted as saying that the husband was
taking care of the pregnant woman. The door was locked from inside and
had to be broke open.

Bahrain's Indian community has been baffled by a spate of suicides and
various community associations have been campaigning against the evil
that affected many middle class and working class expatriates. Indian
Ambassador to Bahrain, Balakrishna Shetty, was quote d as saying that
the number of Indians committing suicide in Bahrain has been on the
rise and that it was a matter of concern to the Indian mission there.
The Ambassador was quoted by the Gulf Daily News as saying earlier
that: "It is a matter of some concern and we need to handle it and not
ignore it."

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