Domestic violence: Woman tries to kill her child, attempts suicide

A dispute between husband and wife over finance turned ugly when the woman tried to kill their six-year-old son with a knife and then attempted suicide by slitting both her wrists.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013, 12:47 PM IST

Pune: A dispute between husband and wife over finance turned ugly when the woman tried to kill their six-year-old son with a knife and then attempted suicide by slitting both her wrists. The incident took place at their residence at Meena Colony, Vikasnagar in Dehu Road area on Tuesday morning .

The Dehu Road police said the boy is in a critical state, while his mother is stable. Both were admitted to a private hospital in Pimpri. The woman was identified as Pratibha Sanjay Kshirsagar.

According to the police, the boy’s father, Sanjay, is a carpenter. The family has been staying in the area for the last couple of years. Sanjay was financially unstable and borrowed money from his friends and struggled to return it. However, Sanjay and Pratibha used to fight over this issue.

Senior police inspector Ram Jadhav of Dehu Road police station said, “Sanjay and his family had gone for a function at his sister’s house on Monday and returned at night. On Tuesday early morning, Sanjay left for work. At 7 am, he called up on Pratibha’s phone for some work. At that time, Pratibha told him that she had killed Pratham and was going to commit suicide. Sanjay immediately called up his friend and asked him to visit his house.”

“Sanjay’s friend, who stays nearby, immediately went to the house and found the door locked from inside. He knocked on the door for a while but got no response. He called the neighbours and they broke open the door. Pratibha and her son Pratham were lying in a pool of blood. Both were rushed to a private hospital in Pimpri,” Jadhav added.

According to Jadhav, Pratibha inflicted wounds on Pratham’s neck and stomach and then slit both her wrists. “We have registered a case against Pratibha under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.”

“We are going to interrogate relatives of the family and then the exact reason would surface. Prima facie, we suspect that the family issue could have triggered the act,” added Jadhav.

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