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Geetha (not her real name) is a 19-year- old housewife who has been married previously. During her first marriage, she had had a child, now 1 ½ years old. Unfortunately, that marriage had not worked out and so she and her husband had divorced.

She has married again and now lives with her second husband’s family. However, her husband does not want her to work; her mother-in-law cooks and cares for the house, so she has little to do. Her 2nd husband had become angry with her and hit her. She had therefore tried to harm herself by drinking a pesticide stored in the house.

Despite knowing someone who had died from pesticide suicide, she had not thought of the consequences and had done it with no intention to die. She had simply developed “sudden anger”. She ws brought to hospital where the hospital staff had cared for her well.

At the time we met her, things were going better and she was glad she had survived.


August 7, 2020


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