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AI startup CEO charged with murder of 4-year-old son: Full story here

Mindful AI Lab CEO
Picture credits: Suchana Seth/X

While AI startups worldwide hitting the headlines for raising investments, this Indian company is in the news for something shocking. The talk is about Mindful Al Lab, an Indian AI startup led by CEO Suchana Seth. 

In a shocking turn of events, Seth was detained by Goa police in Chitradurga, Karnataka for allegedly killing her 4-year-old son. Notably, her husband Venkat Raman, currently in Jakarta, Indonesia, has been informed about the incident. 

Who is Suchana Seth?

Suchana Seth is the founder and CEO of Mindful AI Lab. As per her LinkedIn profile, she was among the top ‘100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2021’. She is a data scientist based in New York, United States, with over 12 years of experience in the industry.

Before launching Mindful AI Lab in 2020, Seth was associated with many fellowships. She has been a Mozilla Fellow at Data & Society, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University, and a research fellow at the Raman Research Institute. 

What does Mindful AI Lab do?

Mindful AI Lab is a technical consultancy, which leverages deep expertise in AI ethics with substantial experience in prototyping and scaling real-world machine learning systems to bridge the gap between ethical AI principles and practice. It offers customised AI ethics advisory services, audit AI systems, and data practices, and co-creates responsible AI roadmaps for organisations at all stages of data maturity.

The incident! 

As per the Goa police, Seth checked into a rented apartment with her son in Candolim, North Goa on Saturday. After two days, she vacated the property claiming she had to leave for Bengaluru for some work. Police were suspicious as they spotted bloodstains in her rental and the staff claimed she returned to Bengaluru alone. 

It is claimed that she opted for a taxi to travel to Bengaluru instead of a flight, which is a relatively cheaper option. Staff informed police as they spotted blood stains on a towel. On inquiring about her son, she said that the blood stains were due to her monthly cycle and that her son is with her friend in Margoa town. However, the address she provided was found to be fake. 

Police asked the driver who was on the way to Bengaluru to take her to the nearest police station and they found the body of her child in Seth’s bag. 

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