9-Year-Old's Suicide In Assam May Be Linked To Mother's Actions, Say Cops

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9-Year-Old's Suicide In Assam May Be Linked To Mother's Actions, Say Cops

The child's body did not have injuries and the Assam police says it does not suspect he was murdered.


Guwahati, Assam: 

Highlights

  1. Child found hanging from a fan at his home on Saturday
  2. Neighbours allege mother had attempted suicide earlier
  3. Can't rule out that he was copying her: Assam police
A nine-year-old in Central Assam was found hanging from a fan in inside the house. His suicide comes after his mother's repeated attempts to take her life, according to the police.

"The locals in that area have alleged that though the boy was only nine years old, he was alcoholic. The family was disturbed," said senior police officer Swapnaneel Deka to NDTV. He said that residents of the neighbourhood in Morigaon also alleged that the child witnessed regular fights between his parents. "Locals have also claimed that his mother had attempted suicide several times but failed. We cannot rule out this angle, but cannot say for sure that the minor took this decision only because of his mother's suicidal tendency," the police officer said.

The child's body - found on Saturday evening by his parents - did not have injuries.

"We are looking at several angles to this alleged suicide. When the police reached the house, the body was found lying on the floor and not hanging" Swapnaneel Deka added.

The boy's parents, who are daily wagers, were not home when he died. His older sister was playing outside, the police said.

Locals claim that the family was facing acute poverty.


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