Chennai techie bullied for ‘not taking care of her child’ dies by suicide in Coimbatore

Residents in the area held a bedsheet to catch the baby in case she fell while some tried to rescue the baby by breaking open a glass door

BySouth First Desk

Published May 20, 2024 | 8:08 PMUpdatedMay 20, 2024 | 9:19 PM

Mother of child rescued from roof dies by suicide

Barely three weeks after a toddler slipped from her mother’s arms on the fourth floor of an apartment building and was rescued from the sunshade below, the woman died by suicide in Coimbatore on Sunday, 19 May.

The 33-year-old IT employee had been persistently trolled on social media after video clips of the child’s rescue went viral.

The couple has a five-year-old son besides the toddler who was rescued.

Dramatic rescue goes viral

The seven-month-old girl lived with her parents Venkatesh and Ramya on the fourth floor of the apartment in Chennai’s Thirumullaivoyal.

On 28 April, Ramya was playing with her daughter on the balcony when the baby slipped from her hands.

The infant ended up on a temporary sunshade below the balcony.

After noticing the child on the edge of the roof, residents in the apartment and nearby area gathered to rescue her.

Some spread and held up a bedsheet to catch the baby in case she fell, while a few tried to rescue the baby by breaking open a glass door on the first floor.

In the video that went viral on social media platforms, a man can be seen grabbing the infant and safely getting her down from the sunshade.

Since then, Ramya became a victim of cyberbullying, with people insensitively claiming she was a “careless” mother for “letting the incident happen”, according to the New Indian Express.

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The aftermath

Ramya and her husband eventually moved to Ramya’s parental house in Coimbatore’s Karamadai.

She was said to be in distress as her neighbours kept blaming her in their interviews with television channels.

The blame apparently drove Ramya into depression, and she was under treatment for it according to reports.

Speaking to one of the TV channels, a neighbour had said, “The mother is already feeling extremely guilty for letting this happen… I was there with her when the incident happened.”

The woman added: “Let’s not exacerbate this.”

Criticising the people who bullied the mother on social media, singer Chinmaya Sripada said that now the bullies could celebrate as the mother had died by suicide.

The jurisdictional police have registered a case under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, according to The Hindu.

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(Edited by Neena with inputs)