Mumbai :  The Bhandup police remain uncertain as to what might have led the 49-year-old schizophrenic woman to brutally murder her 53-year-old husband at their residence in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi.

On Monday morning, the woman, who is a schizophrenic patient, hit her husband, Debasis Sen who was chief manager with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), with a heavy object on his head and stabbed him several times with two sharp weapons after he fell unconscious. In her complaint to the police, their daughter Nivedita Sen (28) claims that her mother might have kill-ed her father owing to a possible schizophrenic attack as she had stopped taking her medication since 2011.

Police investigations reveal that the victim and the accused had a love marriage 29 years ago. However, the couple would have fights on various occasions which also forced their daughter to move out of the house and live separately in Kandivali.

Police sources reveal that the woman has admitted to have killed her husband as she was fed up of him and their fights in the past 29 year of their marriage. “We do not find anything wrong with the way the woman behaves or speaks. She seems completely normal. We are still under the process of investigating if the attack caused her to take such a drastic step,” said a police officer associated with the Shivaji Nagar police station.

In context to the claims made by the police, Arun John, director of Vadrewala foundation, a counseling centre, said “Schizophrenic patients generally appear to be normal to people outside. Only family members who are constantly around the patient understand the kind of symptoms that the patients show. Patients with the condition hallucinate. If they discontinue their medication they must be taken to psychologists and psychiatrists who have their own way of convincing the patients to resume their medication.”

Police said when her husband’s colleagues found him lying in a pool of blood, she told them that he died after falling in the bathroom. “Patients who suffer from schizophrenic attacks can go to an extent of killing people. However, they do not generally tend to forget about what they might have done during the episode. It is uncertain to say if the woman was lying about the incident or had genuinely forgotten about what she had done,” said John.

Lievanta Millar

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