A mother and her son have died after lying on railways tracks at Slough station and being hit by a speeding train. Rubina Khan, 46, is said to have placed her son on the tracks in his school uniform and whispered to him to stay still just moments before the train drove through the station and killed the pair instantly. They were hit by the 8.41am Bedwyn to London Paddington service, which was travelling at about 99mph, at about 9.45am on September 23, 2014. Rubina had been to visit her brother just half an hour before making her way to the station, and had told him her son, Amaar, had the day off school and she had an important appointment in London. She then purchased the cheapest ticket to Windsor and headed to a platform where no trains were due to stop and lay on the tracks with her son.
There had been some suggestion that Ms Khan had taken the decision as a spur of the moment, and had not pre-meditated her suicide and her son's unlawful killing, but the Senior Coroner of Berkshire, Peter Bedford, gave his view: "This was a lady who left home with her son on that fateful day. Why did she need to take him [Amaar] at all? Her other son had been taken to school by his father. Amaar was wearing school uniform and had his school books in his backpack. She chose on that day to leave home with Amaar and didn’t say anything to her husband, particularly her plans to travel to London to go to the dentist. Humza Khan, Rubina’s other son, had been taken to school by his father day while Rubina took Amaar to the station. But I think it is more likely, and entirely credible from the evidence, that Mrs Khan left home with a plan, and that plan sadly incorporated her son, Amaar. In regards to Amaar, I am similarly of the view that as a 10-year-old child in the care and control of his mother, he would do whatever was asked of him. Can you use mouthwash or toothpaste when fasting during Ramadan? ‘He accompanied her to the railway station and would have had no knowledge of what was to follow."
The barrister representing the Khan family were pushing for the view that it was 'not beyond reasonable doubt' that the mother of two intended to take her own life that day because she did not leave a note, but Rubina had been struggling with her mental health in the months leading up to the tragic incident. She had twice been admitted to hospital for treatment for depression and anxiety, and twice tried to strangle herself to death. She told psychiatrists her mental health issues were triggered by her estranged husband of six years’ return from Pakistan to the UK as her family apparently pushed her to reconcile with him. She had indeed gone on to move back in with her husband and tried to fix their relationship issues just three days before her death. A safeguarding report found Amaar's death could not have been predicted or prevented, saying: "None of the family had concerns for Amaar’s safety with his mother and none believed the intervention of social care would have protected him. Their interpretation of Mrs Khan being severely depressed was, although the case, her behaviour in the past was directed towards herself and there was no indication to harm any of her children. A further finding of the review found Amaar’s death couldn’t have been predicted or prevented."