Woman kills son, ends life

She takes the extreme step after husband's death in a road accident

Woman kills son, ends life

Dejected over the death of her husband in a road accident, a homemaker allegedly fed her 11-year-old son poison before killing herself at her residence in Kalyan Nagar near Chandra Layout on Wednesday.

Chitra Sekhar, 37, and Jeevan Sekhar are the dead. Chitra’s husband Gnanasekhar was seriously injured when a two-wheeler knocked him down while he was crossing the road at Sumanahalli Circle on September 7. He died of the injuries at 4.50 am on Wednesday at BGS Hospital.

The family members decided not to inform Chitra immediately about his death.
However, a hospital staffer called her up and broke the news.

An inconsolable Chitra told her brother Srinivas and sister-in-law Tamil Selvi that she wanted to meditate and requested them not to disturb her. She went into her room and locked it from inside, said the police.

She then mixed poison with an aerated beverage and offered it to Jeevan. Later, she also gave him some chocolates and sweets. Seconds later, she too consumed the toxic concoction.

Chitra then called her stepson Praveen and informed him about the documents related to his father’s business, finance, sources of income and other confidential matters.

‘Disillusioned with life’

“She told me that she had kept all the documents and gold ornaments in a room. She said she was disillusioned with life and wanted to put an end to everything,” Praveen told Deccan Herald.

“I immediately contacted Srinivas and asked him to attend to Chitra. Srinivas and others broke open the door and found Chitra and Jeevan struggling to breathe. They were immediately taken to a nearby hospital where they died around 10 am,” Praveen said.

Writhing in pain, Jeevan was pleading with everyone to save him, said a family friend, Harish. “I have exams tomorrow and I want to appear for it,” he is supposed to have told his mother.

When Srinivas questioned her, Chitra told him that she could not imagine living without her husband. “Who will take care of my son when my husband and I are not there,” she told Srinivas.

A native of Tamil Nadu, Gnanasekhar had settled in Bangalore 25 years ago.

He was running a factory manufacturing iron tools and spare parts near Sumanahalli Circle. He had two sons from his first wife – Praveen and Prabhakar, both employed at private firms. Gnanasekhar married Chitra 12 years ago and Jeevan was born to the couple. Jeevan was studying in Class V at Baldwin English Medium School.

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