Train suicide mother left a note 'blaming family pressures'
By BEN TAYLOR and KHUSHWANT SACHDAVE, Daily Mail
The woman who dragged her two children to their deaths in front of a 100mph train left a suicide note spelling out how deeply unhappy she was, it has been claimed.
Navjeet Sidhu, 27, said family pressures had simply become to much for her.
Friends said she wrote the haunting message only hours before hurling herself and her son and daughter in front of the Heathrow Express.
British-born Mrs Sidhu, who had given up her career to care for her children, had been taking medication and was heavily depressed following problems in her arranged marriage to her 31-year-old husband, Manjit.
She died along with her five-year-old daughter Simran and 23-month-old son Aman Raj on Wednesday when she leapt from the platform at Southall station in West London.
Detectives are examining the theory that Mrs Sidhu became desperately disillusioned with the traditional Sikh background and differing cultural values of her Indian-born husband and his family.
Her mother-in-law had come to stay shortly after the birth of their son although she is thought to have returned to the family home in India.
Yesterday a family friend said: "I have heard she left a suicide note at her house saying she was having problems."
The friend added that Mrs Sidhu had struggled to live up to the expectations of her new family.
The friend, who did not wish to be named, said: "She had a lot of pressure on her."
The friend said that giving up work had been difficult because she was better qualified than her husband and the family had been struggling to make ends meet on his wage as a Post Office worker.
The scene of the tragedy is close to Sunrise Radio, Britain's biggest Asian radio station, where she had worked as a receptionist. Yesterday Sunrise chairman Avtar Lit said: "She was very caring and good at her job.
"She had the perfect mixture of Eastern and Western values, and was the perfect example of a British Asian. I was of course aware of this tragedy, but never in a month of Sundays would I have believed it could be her. She was so happy-go-lucky."
Another former colleague said: "She seemed the most unlikely person to commit suicide but she had an unhappy marriage."
Mrs Sidhu had told one friend: "I really need someone to talk to about my problems but no one will listen."
Yesterday the friend said: "Now I wish I had done more. She said to me about a month ago that she needed help. She was really unhappy.
"She started taking antidepressants not long after she got married.
"They came from such different backgrounds, it was inevitable there would be problems."
Another friend, Uzma Darr, said the couple who married seven years ago, briefly split last year during a trip to the U.S. but had got back together to give their marriage a second chance.
Yesterday friends and relatives visited Mrs Sidhu's parents. One said Mrs Sidhu was sobbing uncontrollably. "She kept saying she had no idea Navjeet wanted to take her life and she can't believe she took the children with her."
British Transport Police believe Mrs Sidhu had been hanging around the station entrance since 11am - two and a half hours before she died. Mr Sidhu had arrived at the station just as his wife jumped. He held his dying son in his arms after picking him up from the track.