Panaji: In a shocking incident, a 45-year-old French woman allegedly committed suicide by slitting her throat and that of a minor adopted daughter in the popular beach village of Anjuna in Goa, police said on Saturday.
According to Sub Inspector V. Kavlekar, the woman, identified as Sevorine Figerre, left behind a suicide note, in which she had allegedly blamed stress for leading her to commit suicide and killing her adopted daughter.
"Severina Figueiredo killed herself yesterday by slitting her neck vain with blade after smothering her seven-year-old daughter from Karntaka, whom she had adopted three years back," Anjuna Police Inspector Paresh Naik told PTI.
The incident came to light on Friday when one of her family friends visited her residence, he added.
Police said Severina's husband had gone to France and at the time of the incident, the woman and her daughter were alone in the house.
"A suicide note purportedly written by Severina in French was found next to her body. As per the note, Severina took the extreme step as she was under depression," the officer said.
Naik said Severina was in Goa on a tourist visa.
The bodies were sent for post-mortem, he said, adding a case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered at the Anjuna police station.
"We have sent both the bodies to Goa Medical College for post mortem and have also informed her husband about the unfortunate incident," Kavlekar told IANS.
The baby was adopted from a family in Karnataka's Bijapur district, police said.
The official further added that police learnt about the incident when Figerre's husband, who is in France, called them for assistance after his wife did not answer his phone calls on several occasions.