COIMBATORE: A 34-year-old woman pushed her seven-year-old daughter into a 70-ft well before jumping into it herself with her 10-month-old son at Indira Nagar in Udumalpet in Tirupur district on Sunday.
Police said Kalaiselvi took the extreme step after learning that her son Guhan, like her daughter, also had a hearing impairment. The girl, S Naveena, is a Standard III student. Kalaiselvi has one more daughter, 13-year- old Kaviprabha who is studying in Class VII.
Kalaiselvi and her husband T Selvaraj, who are farm workers, already knew that Naveena had a hearing impairment. A few days ago, Kalaiselvi took Guhan to a hospital here, where doctors confirmed that he too had a similar disability.
According to the police, early on Sunday, Kalaiselvi took both Naveena and Guhan to an open well located near her house. She tied a stone around Naveena’s waist and pushed her into the well, before jumping into the well carrying the infant.
When Selvaraj woke up in the morning, he found a suicide note that Kalaiselvi had written saying that she was taking the extreme step as the two children were hard of hearing. Fire brigade personnel retrieved all three bodies from the well. Police have registered a case.
In another case, a 13-year-old Class VII student was stabbed by a man, who was later arrested and remanded in judicial custody. Police said A Abdul Hakkim, 33, working as a loadman, was a friend of boy’s father N Anandakumar. Around a week ago, the two had an argument and had fallen out with each other.
On Saturday, Hakkim came to Anandakumar’s house and asked Pradeep about his father’s whereabouts. When the boy insisted that he was not at home, Hakkim allegedly stabbed Pradeep.