A 28-year-old woman, who tried to jump from the portico of International departure terminal at the Chennai airport along with her child, was rescued by security officials on Thursday midnight.
Later after enquiry, police identified the woman as A Mariyammal from Cuddalore and found her child, a boy, was 18 months old. Police said Mariyammal’s husband passed away few months ago in an accident and she was later abandoned by her relatives. Mentally disturbed by the upheavals in her life, she came to Chennai two days ago. On Thursday, she did not have money to feed the child, leading her to decide to end their lives. Realising her plight, the police gave her food before sending them both to a shelter home in Teynampet. Police also contacted the Cuddalore Superintendent of Police to trace her relatives.