A British-Asian mother who committed suicide at a supermarket in West Yorkshire on Tuesday morning had been struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her youngest daughter, according to reports.
Sobia Yousef, a 36-year-old mother of three, reportedly slit her throat with a knife taken from the hardware section at the Asda store in Shipley as horrified shoppers looked on.
Several shoppers then attempted to save Ms Yousef’s life but she was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.
Ms Yousef had been deeply affected by the death of her nine-year-old daughter Mehwash last November due to a congenital heart defect which had affected her from birth.
Mehwesh – who also had an elder sister, 14-year-old Aqsa and brother, Shaweeb, 12 – had undergone numerous operations throughout her young life but doctors had told the family she would not live beyond the age of 10.
Ms Yousef’s brother Intiaz Ali told reporters: ‘When doctors told my sister there was nothing they could do to save her daughter she changed. Sobia would not eat or drink for days and would not leave her bedside for two months’.
Mr Ali also accused social services of ‘abandoning’ his sister and ignoring the family’s pleas to have her sectioned.
She had tried to harm herself and said that life was not worth living after Mehwash died’, he said.
‘We don’t want any other family to go through what we have. Everybody has let us down’.
Four days of morning have begun at the Jami’at Tabligh Mosque on Aireville Road, Frizinghall, near to where tragic Sobia lived.
An inquest into Ms Yousef’s death will begin in Bradford in the coming weeks.