Pregnant woman poisons son, self

Pregnant woman poisons son, self

Her mother too part of suicide pact; they took the extreme step fearing disgrace

A pregnant woman allegedly poisoned her three-year-old son and then consumed poison along with her mother at their house at Bilikalli near Byadarahalli in Ramanagar district late Friday night.

The victims were identified as Gangamma, 23, Kote Lakkamma, 47, and Ranjan, 3.

Gangamma allegedly had an affair with her neighbour, which is said to have led to her pregnancy.  Police said she decided to kill her son and then commit suicide with her mother, fearing her act would bring disgrace to her family.

She wrote two death notes, one for her lover and another for her family members, saying only she was to be blamed and no one should be held responsible for their deaths.

Background

Gangamma was married to Hanumantharaju, a factory worker, in 2007. Hanumantharaju deserted the family when their son was five months old and left with another woman. Their whereabouts are not known since then.

Hanumantharaju’s parents sheltered Gangamma after their son fled with his lover. They provided her a house and made her mother Kote Lakkamma, who was staying at Bilikalli, stay with Gangamma at Byadaralli.

Hanumantharaju’s parents paid for the monthly expenses of Gangamma, her son and her mother, a relative of the victim told Deccan Herald.

Lakkamma worked as an attender at East West College. When she left for work, Gangamma would be alone at home. One of her neighbours, Jayamma’s son Isha, would visit her frequently and eventually the two fell in love. The two kept it a secret, and did not disclose the truth even when she became pregnant.

A couple of weeks ago, a few relatives noticed physical changes in Gangamma and enquired her about it. They were shocked when she disclosed the truth. The family members decided to get the child aborted and approached various hospitals. But doctors told them it was impossible since she was eight months pregnant.

The family members and village elders met a couple of days ago and asked her to convince Isha to marry her. Meanwhile, Gangamma and Kote Lakkamma shifted to Bilikalli a week ago. Gangamma contacted Isha several times on Friday night and discussed the matter. Later in the night, they consumed the poison and died, police said.

Death notes

Byadarahalli police inspector said Gangamma added the poison used to kill ants with water and offered it to her son. Later, she and her mother also did the same.

Lakkamma’s brother Veeranna, who stayed next door, grew suspicious as the mother and daughter did not come out of the house.

He knocked on the door, but when there was no response, he broke the door open with the help of a few neighbours. They were shocked to see all the three lying unconscious. They rushed them to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared them dead on arrival.

Gangamma left behind two suicide notes –– one for Isha and another for her family members.  In her note to Isha, she has written: “Dear Isha, just forgive me and lead a happy life. I don’t want to create troubles for you.

You are not responsible for the current situation. I am responsible for everything. Don’t worry Isha, my death will not create any problems for you. Sorry Isha, sorry, sorry, sorry, forgive me.”

She wrote to her family members: ”No one is responsible for my death. I am responsible for all the problems. I should not have done this.

I have done a mistake. Forgive me.” The bodies were handed over to the family members on Saturday afternoon, after the post mortem at Rajarajeshwari Medical Hospital.

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