The killing of a four-year-old child by his mother – a highly skilled and successful CEO of a Bengaluru-based start-up – has shocked the nation. Suchna Seth, the 39-year-old founder and CEO of Mindful AI Labs, has been charged with murdering her minor son in a serviced apartment in Candolim, north Goa. From a successful CEO to a killer of sons, the trajectory of a woman who has carved a niche for herself in the professional world has shocked even the most ruthless of people with her intelligence. But why does a mother kill her own child? How much impact does the case have on his divorce case? Dr. Gorav Gupta, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Founder & Director – Tulsi Healthcare, weighed in on the matter.
Suchana Seth’s Son’s Murder: Taking Expert Objectives
Dr. Gorav Gupta says, “A mother killing her son is a tragic act that contradicts everything positive in the sense of maternal love and protection. To understand such behavior, one needs to remember that individual cases can be influenced by many factors.” The doctor lists the following factors. Which can be a reason in such cases.
Mental health problems: For example, the mother has a serious mental disorder such as psychosis, schizophrenia, major depression or other mental conditions. These disorders affect judgment and distort one’s reality, causing actions that would never occur if a person were mentally healthy.
Stress and overwhelm: Unrelieved stress that affects personal relationships, financial problems, or any other life challenge can push a person’s situation to the limit. If a mother is overwhelmed by these pressures and does not have enough skills to deal with them, it can lead to a decline in her ability to care for her child.
History of abuse or injury: This may affect the emotional and mental state of the mother given her history of abuse or trauma in her life. If the trauma is not resolved, it can result in dysfunctional coping mechanisms and interfere with parenting abilities.
Substance Abuse: Any form of substance abuse, including alcohol and drugs, has the potential to impair judgment, which in turn can lead to impulsive behavior and reckless actions. Mental health problems can make substance abuse problems worse.
Psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies: Sometimes, individuals show psychopathic or sociopathic traits that do not empathize with feelings of guilt and remorse. It can lead to violent actions, including hitting one’s children.
‘Keep Child’s Welfare in Mind During Divorce’
In the case of Souchna Seth, preliminary investigations revealed that she committed the crime of denying her ex-husband access to the child after the court granted her visitation rights. During divorce and custody battles, communication is key, the doctor says. “Remember, the ultimate goal is to create a healthy, stable environment for your child amidst the challenges of divorce and custody battles,” shares Dr. Gupta. Dr Gupta says there are some key steps that parents should follow in case of divorce.
– Maintain a respectful conversation to prioritize your child’s well-being.
– Seek mediation or counseling to resolve disputes amicably.
– Focus on the child’s needs rather than personal grievances.
– Be flexible with visitation schedules and co-parenting arrangements.
-Keep emotions under control during negotiations and court proceedings.
Communication of documents for legal purposes. Consult a family law attorney for guidance.
– Prioritize self-care to manage stress.
– Encourage open communication between your child and the other parent.
Who is Suchana Seth?
The script was supposed to be different. Suchana Sheth is a CEO who founded her own artificial intelligence (AI) company during a pandemic year. He has been hailed as passionate and brilliant in the past. But today, she is accused of one of the most horrific crimes known to humanity – a mother killing her son.
Seth studied Physics at the University of Calcutta before becoming a Research Fellow at the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore between 2008 and 2011. Seth is a Mozilla Fellow at Data and Society, a Berkman Klein Center Fellow at Harvard University, and a Research Fellow at the Raman Research Institute. Seth, who hails from West Bengal, has also featured in the ‘100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics’ list for 2021.
Such cases are complex
Dr Gupta says people should stop making their own assumptions as the case is rightly shocking and shakes up core values, the reasons for which are not easy to understand. “Such cases should be handled sensitively and without jumping to conclusions because every case is complex. These cases are usually fully investigated by legal authorities and mental health professionals so that they can establish the root causes as well as appropriate treatment interventions,” said Dr. Gupta..