Boy’s condition is stable; doctor had tried to end her life twice earlier, say police

A 41-year-old doctor tried to kill her 14-year-old son before committing suicide at her house on Arcot Road in Vadapalani on Saturday.

The police said no suicide note was found at her house but the doctor had made attempts at killing herself on two previous occasions.

R. Geetha, a doctor at Vijaya Health Centre, Vadapalani, and her son were found lying unconscious in their apartment late Friday night.

Geetha’s father, D. Sivagunanathan, who lives in Valasaravakkam, found them lying in the bedroom after he failed to contact them despite repeated attempts, the police said. He rushed them to Vijaya Health Centre where doctors said Geetha was brought dead while Siddarath was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

A special police team led by investigation officer, M. Sridharan, sub-inspector, Virugambakkam police, inspected the crime spot and took fingerprints.

The body of the deceased was sent to Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem. The Virugambakkam police have registered a case under section 174 of CrPC (suspicious death).

At the time of the incident, Geetha’s husband, S. Rajarajan, was away in New Delhi on an official tour. “We are questioning her husband and father. Her son is said to be stable medically, but he will have to recover from the shock,” said R. Gopinath, inspector (law & order), Virugambakkam police.

A native of Mayiladuthurai, Geetha was married to her relative, Rajarajan, who works as a marketing manager in a private company.

They had moved to the house in Vadapalani about four years ago.

Neighbours said Geetha was a calm and friendly neighbour and always ready to help if there was a medical emergency.

Based on preliminary investigation, the police suspected prolonged loneliness and depression thereafter might have led to the extreme action. “For the past two days, Geetha and her son did not venture out,” said a police officer.

Help for those with suicidal tendencies is available on the following helplines of Sneha: 24640050/24640060.

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