CHENNAI: A 32-year-old cabin crew member of Air India committed suicide by hanging at her house in Meenambakkam on Sunday evening, police said.
While Manpreet Pal's parents told police they suspected the pressure of hectic work schedules led to her taking her life.
Manpreet, employed in Air India since 2007, married her colleague Anoop Nayar, 35, a technician, in 2012 and they have a two-year-old daughter. The couple often left their daughter at Manpreet's parents' residence in nearby Teacher's Colony before leaving for work.
On Sunday, police said, Nayar had left for work around 2pm after leaving his daughter at his in-laws' house.
His wife was due to report at 4.15pm at the airport where she was to board the Chennai-Muscat Air India flight. Around 10pm, when Nayar went to Manpreet's parents' house to pick up his daughter, he found that her father Guru Pal Singh had injured himself after falling off his bike.
His father-in-law told Nayar not to inform Manpreet of the incident as she would be upset.
When Nayar returned home with his daughter, he found the front door had been left open. Surprised, he looked for his wife and found the bedroom door locked.
He called up her office to find out if she had left early. Air India officials told him that Manpreet had never turned up for duty and that they had marked her absent.
Nayar then broke open the door and found Manpreet hanging from the ceiling in the bedroom.
He took her to a private hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival. Manpreet's parents told police that they did not know of any personal issue between Manpreet and her husband that could have led to the suicide as the couple were very happy together.
Manpreet's body was sent to Chromepet Government Hospital for postmortem. A case was registered under CrPC Section 174 (unnatural death).