Lakhkha Singh (65) and Amarjeet Kaur (60) did not fear illness and old age so much as living separately from their children. Police said it was the anxiety of living alone that killed them.
The elderly couple ended their lives by hanging themselves in their Chandan Vihar house in west Delhi. According to police, the couple may have committed suicide sometime on Sunday but the bodies were discovered only on Tuesday.
The police said they received a call at 11:41 a.m. on Tuesday. Singh’s sister Harjeet Kaur discovered the bodies when she went to meet the old couple. The couple was residing in the A block of Himgiri Enclave in Chandan Vihar. Singh’s sister and her family live a few blocks away from their house.
“I had come to visit my brother on Monday evening. I could hear the television that was blaring but they did not open the door after I knocked. So I came back on Tuesday morning but they still didn’t reply. When I pushed the door that was bolted from inside, a foul smell came from inside. I then called my sons who called the police,” she said.
The police immediately reached the spot and broke open the door. They found Amarjeet Kaur’s body on the ground floor and Singh’s body on the first floor.
“Kaur hanged herself but her rope might have snapped later as her body was on the floor. Singh’s body was found hanging on the first floor. He used his turban to hang himself,” said a police officer.
The police said that Kaur was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments and was depressed.
“To stay close to their children they (the couple) visited them often. Their sons hardly came to visit them. It was taking a toll on the health of the elderly couple,” said a senior police officer.
The couple has three sons —Satnaam Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Mahender Singh — and two daughters — Manjeet Kaur and Daljeet Kaur. Satnaam and Kuldeep are married and live in Panipat, while the daughters are married and settled in Haryana.
The family said there was no reason to commit suicide.
“They were financially well off and their sons and daughters are well settled. They had also found a match for their youngest son Mahender and were excited about getting him married. They had no reason to commit suicide,” said Parminder Singh, grandson of Harjeet Kaur.
The body of the deceased was sent to the mortuary.