Suchana Seth is an Indian businesswoman who is the CEO of the artificial intelligence start-up Mindful AI Lab. In January 2024, she made the headlines for killing her 4-year-old son at an apartment in Goa.
Suchana Seth was born in 1985 (age 39 years; as of 2024) in West Bengal, India. She did her schooling at DAV Girls Senior Secondary School, Gopalpuram, Chennai. After completing her schooling, Suchana obtained certificates in Digital Printing and Publishing and Digital Web Authoring Multimedia from NIIT. She attended the Bhawanipur Education Society College to pursue a B.Sc. in Physics (Honours), from 2003 to 2006. While pursuing B.Sc., she studied the additional subjects Mathematics and Computer Science. Suchana pursued an M.Sc. in Physics with specialization in Plasma Physics and Astrophysics, from 2006 to 2008, at the University of Calcutta. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sanskrit from the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture in Kolkata. While in school, she was the house captain and cultural secretary and took part in various co-curricular activities, winning prizes in quiz competitions, debates, creative writing, and art competitions. During her school days, she won the National Talent Search Scholarship. While she was studing in class 10, she received CBSE Merit Certificates in Sanskrit, Social Science, and English. Suchana Seth – LinkedIn
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about her parents and siblings.
Husband & Children
Suchana Seth got married to Venkataraman P R, a data scientist with a Ph.D. in Physics and a top executive with a financial services firm, in 2010. Together, they had a son who was born in 2019. After their son was born, differences started arising between them, and they got separated, and they later decided to get divorced. While their divorce proceedings were still under process, Suchana filed a domestic violence case against her husband. In 2024, Suchana murdered her 4-year-old son at an apartment in Goa.
Suchana Seth started her career as a research fellow at Raman Research Institute in 2008. She worked there for around three years and then joined Cactus Communications as Freelance Editor. In June 2012, she started working as a Senior Analyst – Statistics Geschickten Biosciences (now InterpretOmics) in Bangalore, where she worked for around 5 months. In November 2012, she joined Data Sciences Group, Innovation Labs as a Analytics Consultant and was later promoted to the position of Senior Analytics Consultant in the firm.
From December 2014 to March 2016, Suchana worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Boomerang Commerce. At Boomerang Commerce, Suchana designed data-driven products for price optimisation and intelligence. She also filed two patents in text mining and natural language processing during this period. She worked at Ford – Mozilla Open Web Fellow, a data and society research institute, for 5 months. In September 2017, she started working at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University in Greater Boston, Massachusetts as a fellow, contributing to the ethics and governance of Artificial Intelligence and Responsible machine learning. After a year, she began working as an Affiliate at the firm. In 2020, she founded the Mindful AI Lab in Bangalore.
Suchana is one of the directors of Saatvik Machine Intelligence Technologies Private Limited, a company registered in September 2020. An AI ethics expert and data scientist, Suchana has an experience of over 12 years in guiding data science teams and expanding machine learning solutions at various startups and industry research labs.
Killing Her 4-year-old Son
In January 2024, Suchana Seth was accused of killing her 4-year-old son at a service apartment in Goa. Reportedly, she strangulated her son to death using a pillow or a towel. According to some sources, Suchana Seth went to Goa with her son on 6 January 2024, where she rented a service apartment in the Candolim area in North Goa. After staying there for two days, she asked the apartment staff to arrange a taxi for Bangalore as she had some work there. Although the staff members suggested she take a flight to Bangalore as the taxi cost Rs. 30,000 (much more than a flight ticket), Suchana said that she wanted to travel only by taxi. The hotel staff arranged a taxi on 8 January after which she left for Bangalore. When the hotel staff went to clean the room from which Seth had checked out, they found blood stains on a towel and immediately informed the Calangute Police about it. They also told the Police that when she left the hotel, her son was not with her, and her suitcase was very heavy. When the police called her called her to confirm the blood stains and her son’s whereabouts, she answered that the stains were due to her monthly periods and added that her son was with her friend in Margao. She also gave her friend’s address, which came out to be fake. Later, the police called the taxi driver and asked him to take Suchana Seth to the nearest police station. Suchana was arrested by the Calangute police at the Chitradurga police station with her son’s body in her travel bag and was taken back to Goa. Later, she was sent on remand for six days by a court in Mapusa town.
During the investigation, it was revealed that Seth tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists using a pair of scissors. Two bottles of cough syrup were found in the apartment, where she killed her son. Suchana was charged under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence), and also under the Goa Children’s Act. The Print Although the exact reason for the crime was not known, police suspected that Suchana’s strained relationship with her husband was a possible reason behind the crime. The police also said that Seth was unhappy with the Bengaluru family court’s order that the father of her son could meet him every Sunday.
- Suchana Seth loves photography, painting, and travelling in her leisure time.
- Suchana was among the top ‘100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2021.’