CHENNAI: A 23-year-old maid, detained at the Kodungaiyur police station on charges of stealing her employer’s gold ring, attempted suicide by hanging on Monday. She was admitted to a private hospital in Kodungaiyur where doctors said her health was normal. The police later slapped a case under IPC Section 309 (attempting suicide) against the maid. She had earlier been booked under IPC Section 381 (servant theft).
On Monday, the Kodungaiyur police based on a complaint from Caroline of Madhavaram Milk Colony detained her maid, S Banu of Thiruvalluvar Salai in Kodungaiyur, for alleged theft. After Caroline noticed a half-a-sovereign gold ring, kept on the table, missing she questioned Banu. After a detailed grilling, Banu admitted to stealing the ring and Caroline informed the Kodungaiyur police.
In the evening, Banu was taken to the police station for questioning and she confessed to having committed the crime. The stolen ring was recovered. Around 7.30 pm, Banu told the police she wanted to go to the bathroom. When she didn’t return after more than five minutes, the police grew suspicious and banged on the door. There was no response and the police broke open the door. They found her hanging from the ceiling. She had made a noose using her dupatta.
Banu was immediately brought down and rushed to a private hospital in Kodungaiyur.
Caroline is said to have told the police that Banu had already indulged in a similar theft at her house and that she had initially ignored it. Banu had been working as maid in Caroline’s house for the past nine months. Caroline’s husband Alexander is an official with the Reserve Bank of India.
The police said Banu’s brothers Ramesh and Ganesh had been involved in theft cases in Avadi and Kodungaiyur and were now in Puzhal prison. Banu lived with her husband Sankar on Thiruvalluvar Salai in Kodungaiyur.”We will arrest Banu after she is discharged from hospital for theft and attempting suicide,” a police officer said.