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‘Poverty, illness led to suicide of mother, two sons’

The mother of the woman who committed suicide together with her two children, by jumping before a moving train in Kollupitiya, giving evidence before the Colombo Coroner’s Court said that her daughter was distressed over the failure to get a good school for her children and her inability to come up with the funds to enroll them to a good school.

Janam Dharshani Ramiah (32) had jumped before the train plying from Colombo Fort to Mathugama at around 6.30 pm on June 14.

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that a letter written by the mother had been found in her handbag in Tamil, stating that the reason for her decision to take her life and the lives of her two children was her poverty and ill health.

The victim’s mother Selliah Rita Saros (65) said her daughter was upset as her children had not received a school and the school had demanded a lot of money to enroll her children, suspecting that she would have resorted to committing suicide over it.

The 32-year-old Janam Dharshani Ramiah, a resident of Paramananda Road, Kotahena committed suicide with her two sons Kingsley Premanath Asiriyan (12) and Kingsley Premanath Dion Krish (08).

The inquest was conducted by Colombo Municipal Inquirer into Sudden Deaths Iresha Deshani.

In her statement, the mother of the victim further said, “The victims are my eldest daughter and her two children. They were overseas with her husband and over a visa issue they had to return to Sri Lanka. The children studied in English and therefore, could not attend a normal school. They tried to admit the children to an international school, but the fees were too high. As a result my daughter and her children were very upset. On June 13, we went to another school, but they demanded a big sum and we could not afford it. My daughter told me that she would not be a burden on me. On June 14 at around 1p.m. she told me she was going to the church with the two children. The children were very obedient and listened to the mother. “I feel that due to her disgruntlement over this issue, she might have committed suicide with her two children,” Saros said.

The autopsy was carried out by the National Hospital JMO M.N.Ruhul.

Having taken into consideration the evidence presented, the Colombo Municipal Inquirer into Sudden Deaths Iresha Deshani ordered the Kollupitiya Police to produce the train driver before court on June 29.

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