A 29-year-old woman killed herself in Manali New Town near Chennai on Sunday after allegedly losing money on an online gambling platform. The deceased, identified as Bhavani, worked at a healthcare company near Kandanchavadi. She is survived by her husband Bhagyaraj (35), who works in a private company near Thoraipakkam, and children aged 3 and 1.5.
According to police, Bhavani, a BS graduate, used to play rummy online for a year and a half and made some profit at first. As a result, she had started investing more in online rummy over the past four months and reportedly suffered a huge loss. Bhavani had continued to gamble online and reportedly lost over Rs 10 lakh. She eventually sought help from her family members to pay off her debts.
Police said that even on the fateful day, Bhavani lost over Rs 30,000 from online rummy. At around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, after having dinner at her mother’s house located in the adjacent street, Bhavani returned home, telling her family that she would be back soon. But as she did not show up, Bhagyaraj rushed to her house and found her dead. She was immediately taken to Government Stanley Medical College Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Saravanan, a relative of Bhavani, told the media that she was trying to invest more and more in online rummy to recover the amount she had lost, but her debts only swelled.
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“She found out about the game through her friends and was drawn in after learning it could bring in more money. She used credit cards and then mortgaged her jewelry to play rummy online. Bhavani was so stressed when she couldn’t get the money back,” said Saravanan, who urged the government to ban online rummy.