Delhi: Suicidal woman mails UK PM, cops avert tragedy
The Delhi Police raced against time on Wednesday to reach a woman, who e-mailed United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, about her suicidal intentions. A resident of Rohini, the woman told him she would end her life if no help was made available to her within the "next two hours." The police's subsequent action lasted three hours and she was saved. Here's what happened.
British PMO called Indian Embassy after receiving mail
After receiving the e-mail, the British PMO quickly alerted the Indian Embassy in London, that got in touch with the External Affairs Ministry. The MEA called Delhi Police Command Room and then the local police station was given the details. Thereafter, cops at Rohini's Aman Vihar Police Station conducted a three-hour-long extensive search before finally locating her.
Woman mentioned her address and mobile number in e-mail
Much to cops' fortunes, she had mentioned her mobile number and address in the mail to Johnson. However, despite incessant calls, she didn't answer. What added to the search party's woes was that the furnished address was incomplete. This prompted the police to launch a house-to-house hunt at 1 am. They managed to locate her after knocking the doors of 40 houses.
Woman didn't take our calls: DCP
On the incident, Rohini DCP PK Mishra said, "The woman didn't take our calls. We sent teams to locate her...... but time was an issue. SHO of Aman Vihar police station went to Sector 21 Rohini with a team to find her."
Woman seemed disturbed when they found her
Cops finally found her residence but the woman did not open the door even after multiple implorations. Instead, she started shouting, asking them to "go away." With no option left, the police called the fire brigade. Just as the brigade started breaking down the door, the woman came outside, looking disturbed. A cop said she started apologizing after seeing them.
Woman's house was stinking, was full of cats
The woman was staying at a rented house, which also housed 16-18 cats. The place was stinking, confirming that it hadn't been cleaned for long. Constable Anita who was present said the woman called the cats "her family." The divorced woman worked as a teacher at an MCD school, but resigned 2-3 years ago, and was living alone for ten years, Anita revealed.
Thereafter, cops called two psychologists and a doctor
The police called in two psychologists and a doctor. They were also briefly considering shifting the woman to the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences but didn't take her there. The police also helped her clean the house, made her take a bath, and fed her. A probe into the woman's background revealed that she was in deep debt.
Woman was distressed as she was unable to pay loans
"She felt better in the morning and told us she mailed the UK PM as she wanted help to repay her loans, house bills, and rent," said a senior officer who was present at the scene. The woman was counseled at her home.