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Rajasthan: Counsellors on video calls stop deaf and dumb woman's suicide

The woman (23), who was allegedly suffering from depression

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Rajasthan: Counsellors on video calls stop deaf and dumb woman's suicide
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A deaf and dumb newly-married woman who was about to hang herself was saved in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh district in a coordinated action by the local police and a counsellor couple who were in touch with her through video call from Indore.

The woman (23), who was allegedly suffering from depression, online searched the contact number of counsellors - Gyanendra Purohit and his wife Monica - and told them three days back she wanted to end her life.On Thursday night, the woman again made a video call to Purohit, who also works as the state coordinator for Muk Badhir police helpline at Indore, seeking help but this time she was standing on her bed and made a noose of her dupatta apparently to commit suicide.

Monica, director of Anand Service society working for deaf children in Indore, said, This was a totally unexpected scene. My husband was in Mumbai, he called me up and I started counselling the woman through sign language. Simultaneously, we coordinated with the Hanumangarh police seeking their help." "The woman told us that her father had sexually abused her since childhood and now her husband is also brutal to her. Therefore she is under depression and wanted to take the extreme step, she said.

The couple intimated Hanumangarh SP who directed a local police team to locate the house and reach there.Eventually, police located her house yesterday around noon and rescued her, she said. Assistant Sub-Inspector Gayatri Devi of the Mahila thana Hanumangarh, who went to rescue her, said the woman and her sister, who hail from Jodhpur, were married to two brothers in Hanumangarh on March 10.We somehow entered the room where she was standing on her bed and was about to hang herself. She was on video call with the social workers and I told them that we are from police and will ensure her safety, she said.

The woman had kept the mobile phone on a window and was talking to the social workers through sign language, the ASI said. The woman is now with an NGO in Hanumangarh and no FIR has been registered so far.

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