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Bengaluru: Woman spent 48 hours planning suicide; scoured 89 websites, recced city's highrises

Bengaluru: A 26-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping off from the 13th floor of a high-rise building in Bangalore on late Sunday evening. The preliminary investigation in the death revealed that Isha Handa had
India TV News Desk September 02, 2015 21:15 IST
India TV News Desk

Bengaluru: A 26-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping off from the 13th floor of a high-rise building in Bangalore on late Sunday evening. The preliminary investigation in the death revealed that Isha Handa had been planning her death for well over 48 hours.

The police initially suspected a foul play in the death of Isha but cops are now inclined to close the file and terming it a suicide.

History on her smartphone's browser includes Google searches such as 'how to commit suicide' and the 'best method' to do so. Besides that, she recced localities to select an appropriately tall building before finalising the 13th floor of Sobha Classic Apartments in HSR Layout as ‘perfect spot'.

Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the extreme step of fashion designer-cum-wellness consultant Isha Handa.

The initial findings by the investigative team indicate that Isha's scrupulous research over two days include browsing 89 websites to find the 'best and most effective' method to end her life.

The details emerged after a team of experts deciphered her smartphone, recovered from the scene of the incident.

Isha reportedly used one of the most useful tools of the modern world Google search on her phone to look up 'how to commit suicide'. Going through the search results, she then perused various methods such as jumping in front of a moving train, consuming poison, overdosing on sleeping pills, hanging by a rope, drowning, electrocution, asphyxiation, and jumping off a building

Isha reportedly researched each method, weighed and measured pros and cons and the chance of survival in each of those. After several hours of research, she zeroed in on jumping off a tall building as the most effective method.

After she finalised the method, she began researching on the appropriate height of the building to jump from and the number of floors the building should have. She even researched the way she would jump - diving headfirst or just plummeting down.

She recced two other apartments before finalising on the 13-storeyed Sobha Classic and then returned to her residence.

Around 4 pm on Sunday, Handa is said to have told her two flatmates, Poonam and Stuthi, that she was going out on personal work and that she would take a long time to return.

For over three hours she walked around and surveyed the building studying how to gain access to the terrace. When it was dark enough, she jumped to her death at around 8.30 pm, investigators said.

While the reason for her suicide is a mystery, an analysis of her call data records suggests she had a boyfriend and two close friends that she was constantly in touch with.

"The suicide was purely due to a personal reason, and her family had also been asking her to marry. We are speaking to all her friends and family members and are confident of finding out why she took the extreme step," said the police.

An active theatre person, Isha also co-founded StayGlad, a business where salon services were made available to women at their homes.