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Dubai Police rule out foul play in Indian family suicide case

The husband claimed to the police that following the failed attempt he panicked and immediately reported the matter to them.

  • By Siham Al Najami, Staff Reporter, Gulf News
  • Published: 00:00 December 19, 2009
  • Gulf News

Scene of tragedy
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  • An employee of the family's textile shop said: 'We did not have any idea of our boss having a huge debt. We got our salaries on time.'

Dubai: A senior Dubai Police official has ruled out any criminal intent behind the collective suicide of an Indian family, saying it was a suicide pact motivated by the husband, who survived the attempt.

In a phone interview with Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, Dubai Police, the police official learnt that forensic experts have confirmed the suicide attempt of the husband whose rope came loose during the attempted suicide.

The husband claimed to the police that following the failed attempt he panicked and immediately reported the matter to them.

By that time, the son of his wife from a previous marriage (who hanged himself from the same fan as the husband) had died and the wife and her sister who hanged themselves from another fan had also died.

Confessed

"The matter has been referred to the public prosecution for further investigation. The husband confessed to us that he is the one who initiated the suicide and his family joined the suicide pact. Forensic examinations confirm that it is a suicide and ruled out criminal intent," the police official told Gulf News.

The incident, which took place in a flat in Al Karama on Wednesday evening, has sparked a wave of panic and concern among local residents. The woman, 38, her 22-year-old son from a previous marriage and her 20-year-old sister died after they apparently hanged themselves from fans in their second-floor flat, Gulf News previously reported.

Police have cordoned off the flat, located above the Families Supermarket, and the 40-year-old husband was treated for minor injuries and is being detained.

The family's textile shop, which is owned by the husband and located in the same building, remains closed with its employees lingering outside.

A Dubai Police source said a letter was left behind by the family citing financial difficulties as the motive behind the suicides.

An employee of the family's textile shop said: "We did not have any idea of our boss having a huge debt. We got our salaries on time. There are four of us who work here — one Pakistani and three Indians. Other than the boss, the ladies also used to man the cash counter and supervise the shop. On Wednesday, the woman's sister was at the cash counter until noon. After lunch, no one from the family came to the shop ... we have no idea what will happen to our jobs."

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Comments (5)

  1. Added 13:36 December 20, 2009

    Banks keep harassing people so that they'll pay, ending up filing a case to the police station. No wonder this family committed suicide to end up everything since banks use to call your company, and reference person to mention personal matters (debts), which were supposed to be confidential. The authorities should be aware and take action.

    MGS, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 21:24 December 19, 2009

    It is quiet serious to note that such incidents are increased in the metropolitan cities like Dubai. Actually, banks and financial institutions in UAE should ascertain credit worthiness of the individuals before granting loans and credit cards. Basically, most expatriates are solely depending on salaries to pay back their dues. Unfortunately, many expatriates are in bad debt due to loans and credit cards. UAE government should over see the banks approach in collecting debts. Banks are simply sending many sms / phone calls to collect their dues, without considering the situation of individual. I don't think that many individuals are intentionally default payment. Alternatively, banks may think of restructuring the individuals to avoid such incident. I request UAE government should intervene and take corrective measure to keep the image of Dubai.

    Mohammad , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 20:21 December 19, 2009

    I think it is time for UAE regulatory authourities to think about some rules like Chapter 11 in USA. Maybe, this way we can save some lives and families having extra ordinary financial crises issues under this great ressession. May Allah help us all for helping His creation. Ameen.

    Furqan Ahmad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 20:03 December 19, 2009

    What a tragedy for all concerned. Money is not worth more than life. There needs to be support systems in place to safeguard the public from the loan sharks.

    Anon, London, United Kingdom

  5. Added 15:58 December 19, 2009

    It's alarming to note the rising incidents of suicide and one of the causes is due to debts. Perhaps the UAE government could have a corrective or rescue sort of assistance agency to help people who is trapped in huge debts, or mismanaged a loaned money, and lead to financial difficulties, which will cascade to so many events, and worst end up in suicide.

    Romir Aglugub, Abu Dhabi, Philippines

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