New mother was thrilled to have her twin children in her arms. But days after the delivery, she commits suicide.

Aabha Gopan
2 min readJun 8, 2023
Photo by Claudia Wolff on Unsplash

Sandhya Rani, a 29-year-old woman, delivered twin babies, a boy and a girl, on 11th February after years of marriage. Her husband, Beeda Narsing Rao, is heartbroken over the news and claims Sandhya was a loving mother.

However, on 21st February, a few weeks after the twin’s birth, Sandhya committed suicide at an underground water sump along with her newborn twin children.

Sandhya and Beeda tied the knot in 2012, and the couple were first cousins before marriage. It’s a custom in their country to marry first cousins, but the tradition is less practiced now.

Why did Sandhya commit suicide?

It was later revealed that Sandhya had given birth to twins in 2017, but the babies passed away shortly after birth due to complications. Sandhya delivered a girl in 2018 after that, but unfortunately, she, too, didn’t survive. The continuous deaths of her children led Sandhya to believe that her consanguineous marriage was to be blamed.

Her son, one of the twins, was weak at birth and had been admitted to the hospital three days before the incident. Relatives think Sandhya was anxious about her children’s health and worried history would repeat itself, prompting her to commit suicide with the children.

Postpartum Depression in the USA

Although this incident occurred in another country, deaths due to postpartum depression are frequent in the USA. According to Psychiatric Times, the number of suicide attempts during pregnancy and after delivery has tripled in the last decade.

Lindsay Admon, a pundit on the topic, thinks suicide deaths are one of the major causes of maternal mortality, which is silently growing. Supporting her, a study conducted by Maternal Behavioral Health Policy Evaluation (MAPLE) released that 2683 out of 595,237 insured mothers had self-harming thoughts.

Do you know a mother-to-be or a mother who is struggling with depression? Call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1–800–273–8255, or chat online at 988lifeline.org.

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