Shortage of money to help mother led to suicide bid

A beautician who could not provide her ill mother with money for medical treatment got drunk then tried to kill herself, a court has heard.

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DUBAI // A beautician who earned too little to give her mother money for medical treatment became drunk and tried to kill herself.

K M, a Pakistani who works at a salon in Ajman, told the Court of Misdemeanours that she came to the UAE 18 months ago to help her mother, who has a heart condition.

About midnight on March 26, she went to a nightclub at a Dubai hotel where she drank until 3am.

She said she went home and became depressed about her inability to afford her mother’s treatment.

“I thought of how I am unable to help her. I felt desperate so I walked to the kitchen and picked up a small knife then cut my wrist.”

She was taken to Rashid Hospital for treatment to a 7-centimetre cut in her wrist. She had also carved unreadable words into her arm.

She confessed to drinking without a licence and trying to commit suicide. A verdict has been scheduled for Monday next week.

salamir@thenational.ae