Wife of Blueline victim kills herself

February 18th, 2008 - 11:09 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) A day after she lost her husband under the wheels of a Blueline bus, a 25-year-old woman hanged herself at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Monday evening. She leaves a one-month baby behind. According to police, Dalmia Biwi hanged herself with a shawl inside one of the toilets of the newly built Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre at around 6 p.m. The wails of the baby alerted the hospital staff, who broke open the toilet door to find the woman dead.

Dalmia Biwi, a labourer from Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, was very upset after she lost her husband Aqueed Ali, 31, in an accident Sunday. The husband and wife with their baby were alighting from a Blueline bus in Nizamuddin area of south Delhi when another Blueline bus knocked down Aqueed.

He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors declared him brought dead. Dalmia and the child survived. They were in the hospital for treatment of the minor injuries sustained in the accident.

“The woman had asked for the way to the toilet and closed the door from inside. She hanged herself with a shawl,” Y.K. Gupta, chief spokesperson of AIIMS, told IANS.

“She had taken the baby inside. When the baby began crying, our staff broke open the door and found the woman dead,” Gupta added.

Police said her husband’s death could be the reason for her suicide.

“She was also being counselled by an NGO, but preliminary investigations suggest that she was under mental trauma due to her husband’s death,” a senior police official said.

“We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. The child has been handed over to an NGO for care. We are in the process of informing their relatives in West Bengal,” the official added.

The privately operated Blueline buses in the national capital were responsible for over 120 deaths last year. This year, 13 people have already lost their lives to these buses.

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