HYDERABAD — The wife of an Indian American technology worker, who allegedly committed suicide in the U.S. earlier this month, also attempted to kill herself here April 14 after her husband's family blamed her for his death, her family said.
Swati Gudur consumed toilet cleaner at her house in the Kuthapet area. Family members rushed her to a hospital, where her condition was critical.
Her husband, Madhukar Reddy Gudur, a software professional, was found hanging from a fan in his house in Seattle, Wash., April 4.
Swati was also working as a software professional in the northwestern city. The couple, who recently moved to their new home, have a 4-year-old daughter.
The body of the 37-year-old techie was brought to his home town of Bhongir in Telangana and cremated April 11.
However, his relatives attacked his widow when she came to attend the funeral. Blaming her for his death, they asked her to go away.
The next day, Swati had called a press conference to deny the allegations leveled by Gudur's parents. She said that he committed suicide due to depression and work-related stress.
Meanwhile, Swati's father Narasimha Reddy said that she was under mental pressure due to the treatment meted out to her by her in-laws at the funeral.
He said that Swati took the extreme measure as she was facing threats and baseless allegations from Gudur's parents.
Reports said Gudur left for the U.S. 14 years ago for higher education and started working 10 years ago.
Before ending his life, Gudur sent a text message to his parents, requesting them to forgive him.
Marital dispute is believed to have led Gudur to kill himself. According to his family, he was very well off and did not have any financial problems.
An alumnus of BITS Pilani, Madhukar Gudur had been living in the U.S. since 2010 and was working for a multi-national company. He married Swati four years ago in India.
In the last seven years, the couple visited Bhongir only once and stayed for a month with the family. They were a happy couple and never ran into problems. However, recently the couple developed differences, reports said, adding that the suicide could be linked to the differences, according to a Telugustoday.com report.
His relatives said after the marriage he had stopped visiting his parents and they blamed Swati for this alienation.
India-West staff reporter adds: A person on behalf of Swati set up a GoFundMe page to support the Gudur family. The fund was asking for $15,000 to help support the family and as of 12:45 p.m. April 11, it had raised nearly $16,000.