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Jun 09, 2007 at 12:29pm IST

It was an accident: Maninder's wife

New Delhi: Former India cricketer Maninder Singh, who is now out of danger after reportedly attempting suicide, is said to have had marital problems.

There are reports that he quarrelled with his wife on Friday night, just before he allegedly slashed his wrists using a broken window pane. But Maninder's wife has denied this and says it was just an accident.

"We were sleeping when he was knocking at the door last night. We didn't hear it, so he came to the balcony which has glass, bay windows. And without realising in trying to wake us up, he banged hard at the widows, losing his footing and falling down. That's how he cut both his hands," Maninder's wife Milly Singh told reporters on Saturday.

Maninder Singh, who was arrested two weeks ago from his residence for possessing cocaine, was admitted to hospital on Friday after severely injuring his wrists. He was admitted to East Delhi's Shanti Mukund Hospital.

Meanwhile, Maninder's friends confirmed he was suffering from depression and was unhappy due to the marital discord with his wife. “He was suffering from depression. Sometimes he used to get so anxious that he would end up crying,” said Sanjay Kandwal, Singh's friend.

Clinical psychologist Bhavna Barmi said Maninder's alleged suicide attempt could have been caused by depression.

“Generally there is a trend in the society what we call as stress syndrome. When frustrations level gets very high, expectations go beyond what one has achieved for himself, then there are negative copings that an individual tries to take. In Maninder’s case, probably the interpersonal disharmony in life let him into negative coping strategy which was seen in the form of drugs, depression, suicidal ideas and negative thought process,” she told CNN-IBN.