Saddened by child’s death, mother commits suicide

Kolkata: Saddened by her child’s death, a mother allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Hoogly river in West Bengal’s Howrah district, police said on Saturday.

“The body of Puja Singh (23) was found on the Hoogly river bank in Howrah district’s Sibpur on Saturday morning. She might have jumped into the river in the late hours on Friday,” an officer from Sibpur Police Station said.

Singh, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, came to Kolkata on Friday for the treatment of her 10-month-old son who was suffering from tuberculosis. However, the train they were travelling in got late by five hours, a relative of the deceased said.

“The kid was declared dead when taken to the hospital. The doctor said they could have saved his life had he been brought in at least two hours earlier. This might have driven her to take the extreme step,” the relative said.

The police said they also agree that Singh committed suicide grieved by her child’s death.

“We haven’t found any other reasons yet that could determine why she would end her life. The body has been sent for autopsy,” the officer added.

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