Suicide or harassment? Woman jumps to death in mall

Suicide or harassment? Woman jumps to death in mall

Urmila Yadav, 26, a resident of Alambagh locality, leapt Wednesday night from the third floor of Phoenix Mall. She was accompanied by her cousin Nirmila, who alleged that she jumped after being harassed by a group of youths who were chasing them. However, police claimed CCTV footage did not bear out the claim made by Urmila.

"Investigations reveal it was not what is being made out by the victim's cousin. It's a clear of suicide. Preliminary enquiry indicates Urmila took the extreme step owing to some marital discord," Superintendent of Police (East) B.P. Ashok told reporters Thursday.

According to police, Urmila was rushed to a private hospital, from where she was referred to the Trauma Centre. She succumbed to her injuries late Wednesday. CCTV footage shows that before the incident, Urmila tried to commit suicide at least three times from different places in the mall, police said.

"She could probably not jump earlier as there were guards. However, after not finding a guard at a particular place, Urmila jumped from the spot," said Kumar.

"It appears Nirmila knew that her sister would commit suicide. She is being questioned," he said.