Former BARC scientist commits suicide

A former scientist with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) allegedly committed suicide today on account of depression, police said here.

Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 16:21 PM IST

Mumbai: A former scientist with Bhabha
Atomic Research Centre (BARC) allegedly committed suicide
Friday on account of depression, police said here.

The 63-year-old Dr Uma Rao, who was also the President
of Indian Women Scientists` Association (IWSA), was found
unconscious by her maid this morning at her tenth floor
residence in Runwal Centre, in suburban Govandi.

The maid informed her son Anurag, who lives nearby, said
Assistant Police Commissioner Jalinder Khandagale.

"Anurag called a doctor, who declared her dead. She had
consumed sleeping tablets in a large quantity," Khandagale
said.

A suicide note left by her states: "I was suffering from
depression since long time. Now it has become worse. I don`t
want to live any longer. Nobody is responsible for my extreme
step."

Rao is survived by two sons. While Anurag lives here, the
other son lives in the US, the ACP said.

According to family sources, Rao, who took a voluntary
retirement from BARC in 2006, was suffering from various
ailments, which might have prompted her to end her life.

Rao worked in the Food Technology and Cell Biology
division of BARC, and later served in its Media Relations
division.

She was actively involved in organising several all India
conferences, and social and educational activities.

She also contributed to the National Genographic Project.

PTI