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Son commits suicide minutes after watching film

Bahrain News
Mon, 10 Sep 2018
By Raji Unnikrishnan
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A MOTHER burst into tears as she recalled how she tried to revive her son who had hanged himself from a ceiling fan in their home just minutes after watching a film.

Indian Yamini Jaya told the GDN she had no idea why Sai Tej Modalavalasa, aged 20, took the extreme step in their flat in Gudaibiya on Saturday evening.

He had arrived in Bahrain on August 22 from the family’s home-town in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh to take up a job, said the 44-year-old domestic worker.

“He did not wish to study further,” she said, adding he was reportedly working with a supermarket.

“Now, I just want to see my son’s face for one last time,” she told the GDN as she waited outside the Salmaniya Medical Complex morgue yesterday.

She had rushed to the morgue on Saturday night but was told to return yesterday as a post-morten had to be conducted.

“Today (Sunday) I was told the post-mortem was over and I waited for almost two hours but I was not allowed to see him.

“I really want to see my son’s face, one last time,” she said as she broke down.

Mr Modalavalasa was the fourth expatriate to take his own life in Bahrain this month, taking the toll of reported suicides among exapts to 28 this year.

Ms Jaya said he was not happy with the job, so she had told him not to go.

“After working only for five days he said it was too tiring to carry loads on his back,” she said.

“I told him not to go and on Friday I was at home as it was my day off.

“The following day, we both were watching movies the whole afternoon. At around 6.30pm I went to the kitchen to make tea, as I had to go to work at 7.30pm.

“When I returned to get the water jug from the room, I found it locked. I knocked but got no response.

“I thought he might be changing but even after almost 20 minutes he did not come out nor did he respond to my calls.

“I informed the driver who takes me to work and he said he would call the police.

“Meanwhile, I used a kitchen knife to unlock the small latch that bolted the door.

“I was shocked when I saw my son struggling as he hanged from the fan.

“I ran to him, lifted his frail body and with the same knife cut the blanket which he used to hang himself with.

“I brought his body down and he was breathing faintly. I pumped his chest, beat him hard and cried out loud into his ears, but he just gave a spasm once and was then motionless.

“By then police arrived and took me away from my son.

“The ambulance arrived at around 7.30pm, checked him and declared him dead.

“The body was there until almost 11.30pm before they took him to the morgue.

“I don’t know what to do, I don’t have anyone to help me take my child home,” said Ms Jaya, who has been working in Bahrain for 12 years.

However, the Indian Community Relief Fund has pledged to help Ms Jaya in the repatriation procedures.

“We will do all that is needed to help her see her son as well as to repatriate the body,” secretary general Mehru Vesuvala told the GDN.

According to official records, Mr Modalavalasa was employed with Big Dream Real Estate Company.

raji@gdn.com.bh