A 30-year-old man in east Delhi’s Kailash Nagar killed himself on Saturday over his wife’s recent suicide and his two-year-old son’s constant cries for his dead mom, police said.
In his suicide note, Vijay Dwivedi wrote that he was pained each time his son asked him to be taken to his mother.
Dwivedi hung himself from the same fan of his room where his wife was found hanging 10 days ago. Dwivedi’s wife, Priya, had allegedly committed suicide on March 22 by locking herself in the room and using a cloth to hang herself from the fan, said Nupur Prasad, deputy commissioner of police (Shahdara).
“Each time my son cried out for his mother, I could not bear it and would weep silently. I feel lonely without Priya and am going to be with her,” an investigator quoted from Dwivedi’s suicide note.
The couple, originally from Lucknow, married in 2013 and had a son, Pappu. Dwivedi worked with a garments manufacturing unit while his wife was stayed at home.
Dwivedi’s older brother, Sanjay, and Priya’s older sister, Shilpa, were married to each other and lived in the same rented accommodation with their two children.
Apart from occasional banter, the family lived peacefully, neighbours said. Police said Priya killed herself after a domestic quarrel over a monetary dispute.
“Priya had asked Dwivedi for money to buy some raw food items that morning. When he refused saying he had no cash in pocket, she broke their piggy bank. That resulted in an argument between the couple following which Priya locked herself in her room,” said Sewaram, the house owner.
When others in the family tried to get her to open the door, they received no response. They broke open the door and found Priya hanging from the ceiling fan.
“From the very day Priya died, Vijay would constantly talk about killing himself and joining his wife. He would tell me to look after his son if he died. We used to console him, but did not think he would actually kill himself,” Sanjay told HT.
Over the next couple of days, Shilpa moved to her mother’s home with her two children to recover from the trauma. That made Dwivedi lonelier.
“He would often point to his empty house and say that Priya’s absence had snatched the family of all its happiness. We would tell him that he could remarry and start a fresh life, but he would be repulsed by such talks,” said Meera, a neighbour.
But Dwivedi did not get much time to reflect on his own loneliness. His boy’s constant cries began troubling him, police said.
To care for the motherless boy, Dwivedi’s sister had taken him for a few days. “Yesterday (Saturday) morning, Sanjay woke up to find Vijay missing from his bed. He checked Vijay’s bedroom to find him hanging from the same ceiling fan from which his wife too had hanged herself. We brought his body down and tried to revive him, but he had died,” said Sewaram.