Woman attempts suicide on High Court premises

Tension prevailed at the High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday after a woman attempted suicide by ingesting poison. Subhadhra Devi (55), was rushed to the City hospital, where she is currently being treated.

The High Court police said Devi from Bhadravati in Shimoga district was a regular visitor to the High Court because of a litigation involving her and her son.

Eyewitnesses to the incident remembered Devi as acting peculiarly.

Around 4 pm on Tuesday, Devi was seen wandering in the first floor corridor of the high court, shouting that she wanted to see her son. When she approached Court Hall 10, Justice H G Ramesh asked the court officer to see who was creating a racket outside.

At that moment, however, Subhadra entered the court hall and began to plead with the judge that she wanted her son. “She said her son was in a good position in society, but was not taking care of her,” said a senior police officer.

Moments later, Subhadra opened a bottle of juice which she had carried with her and drank the contents. She later announced that the drink contained poison.

“Almost immediately, she began to vomit and was taken outside to the corridor by constables. All the while she was calling for her son. We promptly rushed her to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital for treatment,” said another police officer.

Doctors said that Subhadra was being uncooperative. “She apparently consumed camphor along with ayurvedic medicines and is preventing doctors from conducting a procedure to remove toxins from her body,” said a doctor at the hospital. Devi, who has been admitted to the ICU, is demanding that her son come and see her.

According to police, she has been fighting the court case for the last 10 years.

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