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Updated: May 19, 2011 01:26 IST

Techie strangles daughter, hangs himself

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A day after he resigned, Santosh Sarode (31), a software engineer, allegedly strangled his two-year-old daughter before hanging himself to death at his three-bedroom apartment at Kudlu Gate near Electronics City here in the intervening hours of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The chilling scene was discovered by his wife Sushma Sarode around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. She found the toddler still breathing and rushed her to a hospital, but the child failed to pull through.

Mr. Sarode, a Product Technical Lead with the ‘Finacle' team of Infosys Technologies Ltd. at Electronics City, had resigned from his job the day before he took the drastic step.

Speaking to presspersons at the Victoria Hospital mortuary where the two bodies were sent for post-mortem, Mr. Sarode's father, Vasanth Rao, a retired government official, revealed that his son had been emotionally unstable. “He had been seeking psychiatric help for depression, stress and anger management at a hospital on Bannerghatta Road,” he said.

According to the Parappana Agrahara police, Mr. Sarode and his daughter Riyaa slept together in a separate bedroom. Ms. Sushma, who was sleeping in the adjoining bedroom, woke up around 3 a.m. to feed her daughter and made her way to where she believed the father and daughter were sleeping

Shocking discovery

When she entered the other bedroom, she found her child's limp body hanging from the curtains at the window. Her husband's lifeless body was hanging from the ceiling fan.

In her statement to the police she said she instinctively ran to the child and found that she was still breathing. She raised an alarm and with the help of neighbours rushed Riyaa to a private hospital on Hosur Road where she was declared dead on arrival.

Meanwhile in a statement, the Infosys management said: “We are saddened by the unfortunate demise of one of our employees under tragic circumstances. Our sympathies and prayers are with the family of the deceased. Infosys will provide all necessary support to the family in their hour of grief.”

The incident reflects pressure the IT professional undergoing. My cousin who is working with an IT major always complain about work pressure. When he joined as fresher, he thought its common for a new comer. Now he leads a team. However still undergoing trauma. He tells about running away from IT asap. Its really bad. Work pressure is a common phenomenon in liberal economy. However it is right time for think tank to workout some solution for this menace.

from:  amrith Jogi
Posted on: May 24, 2011 at 22:15 IST

Do we want these Engineers who cannot control their emotions ? Why does society insist upon sending their kids to the so called "elite" engineering courses. There is a problem here. Who can possibly solve this is "Parents". They need to check what kind of son/daughter they have and what sort of interests their son/daughter have ? This is the first step the society has to take. The second step for sure should from the company. Do they monitor their employees in terms of their mental stability and other matters ? I guess not. Probably companies just want their employees work as donkeys. Anyway.. this guy is stupid to make his daughter die because of his ill-health.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: May 24, 2011 at 06:43 IST

Why take too much pressure, try to balance your work and personal life. Why we IT people take all things to our heart? Take an example of your own Parents as role model. See how did they manage to survive with what ever they had and obviously had a better and peaceful life than we IT guys. Why we are back to all this things around and gain nothing and lose our loved once and also lose yourself.

from:  Rizwan
Posted on: May 21, 2011 at 17:51 IST

I find no reason Why you've to show companies id in this story... please avoid these to keep your drowning reputation

from:  Aravind
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 17:49 IST

This is horrible.....a person who can't control his anger/stress should not get married. Suicide is really a cowardly thing...This could have been easily prevented if he shared his concerns with anyone..or atleast with his wife....

from:  Murthy
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 16:54 IST

There have been many such untoward incidents by well qualified and talented professionals. Work culture politics, pushing capabilities beyond ones actual reach, and fast pace life are the main causes for psychological stress. Depression may have a genetic cause, but still most people get through with it by doing what they enjoy best and within reasonable limits. Unfortunately life in this modern world is very competitive and demanding. May their souls rest in peace, the man should have thought about the innocence of his little daughter atleast.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 16:20 IST

May God bless both souls. I wish Hindu performs a through investigation of pressures on individuals from such IT institutions and comes up with significant steps in the improvement of work culture in such companies.

from:  Anand
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 12:16 IST

It doesn't suit a prestigious newspaper like The Hindu to post the victim's photograph along with such a disturbing article. This would not be of any benefit to any reader.

from:  Kunal
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 11:31 IST

What is the reason to post the ID of this person. Hindu, I had great respect for you all from my childhood. I am terribly appalled by this peice of rather cheap journalism. I kindly request you to remove this picture immediately.

from:  Ganesh Jaygan
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 10:08 IST

I find use of term 'techie' demeaning. Why can't we refer to them as engineers, computer engineers, software engineers, hardware engineers, or such titles?

from:  Gopal Yadav
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 09:19 IST

It is a very sad story of urban india. May their soul rest in peace, a 2 yr old died for no reason. I think we all need to have a look at the rat race in urban india. Pressure from work, ambition to grow in profession, young family, stress etc. We need to take a step back and slow the pace of our life, otherwise we will be in this never ending race!!!. Most young couples need to spend quality time with children and destress themselves. The company should have steps in place to identify the employees for stress and manage them. I hope no young lives are lost. One day in week should be for family/children, slow pace day and hope to have stress free life. Life is too short, live in peace and enjoy every moment.

from:  Sandy
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 08:42 IST

A precious life lost, is a loss to all loved ones and society. To Infosys (or any IT employer) the loss of a 'body' is part of attrition, as they can recruit another and move on. Sociologists need to study this younger generation. It is caught up in 'lifestyle' consumption, pressure to move 'up'. It suffers workplace stress and relationship breakdowns. Urban Indian society, it is time for soul searching.

from:  KK
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 07:53 IST

This not the first time that such kind of unfortunate and verily painful incident occur from the employees of Infosys. Let's not forget the cold-blooded event that took place in August last year that Sathish Gupta, an HR manager with Infosys, brutally killed his wife DPS teacher Priyanka. Only the stories of murders are being brought to the public notice when as many suicide attempts left unnoticed. It raises a question of the plight of people who work for Infy as they are verily succumbed to stress and depression and it calls for an imminent study to this to not let happen similar events.

from:  Mujeeb Rahman
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 06:14 IST
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