By Kamala Thiagarajan
September 25, 2018

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In June, M., a 28-year-old woman jumped from the second floor of her home in
Madurai, India - 20 feet above a rocky, tar road - after a bitter argument
with her husband. He had accused her of having an affair.

This was M.'s second attempt to kill herself. She survived the fall. M. had
been prescribed antidepressants after her first suicide attempt seven years
before but had stopped taking them. She was admitted to Madurai's Government
Rajaji hospital shortly after her second suicide attempt. Three weeks later,
doctors recommended that she have surgery using metallic plates to fuse her
shattered spine, but her mother, uncertain and fearful about the outcome,
refused to let M. go under the knife.