They had nowhere left to run — so they jumped.
Two days after Rishu (22) ran away with her alleged love interest, Ashwini Kumar (18) from her Ranjit Nagar residence, the couple reportedly saw no alternative but to end their lives by jumping off a railway bridge in west Delhi’s Shadipur area around 9 pm on Saturday night.
Barely hours after this incident, another couple ended their lives by jumping in front of an approaching train on Sunday evening.
“The girl’s family was apparently unhappy with their relationship due to the age difference between the two,” said a senior police officer.
The couple worked at the same adhesive factory located in Baljeet Nagar, central Delhi. Ashwini had reportedly started working there about seven months ago.
“They were coworkers and had met around six months ago. Since the woman’s family was unhappy with the relationship — she had run away with Ashwini on March 31,” the officer said.
According to police, the couple had turned to Ashwini’s family for help after running away.
“I was at my village in Uttarakhand on March 31, when Ashu called me and said he had run away with a woman he wanted to marry,” said Harish Kumar (40), Ashwini’s father.
Kumar works as a helper at a hardware shop in north Delhi’s Chawri Bazar area. He and Ashwini reportedly stay at a rented accommodation in Baljeet Nagar.
He said the couple decided to take the extreme step after he advised his son to send the girl back to her parents’ home.
“I asked him to send the girl to her parents and that I would not tolerate what he had done. That’s when they decided to kill themselves,” said Kumar.
Police said Ashwini’s right leg had been fractured and back dislocated. “Investigations into the mater are on as we are yet to take Ashwini’s statement,” said Jaspal Singh, DCP (central) Delhi.
In a similar incident, a young couple allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of an approaching train at east Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station.
Police have identified the couple as Vineet (25) and Geeta (22) and suspect that the two had an extra-marital affair.
“The impact battered the woman’s face so much that we were able to identify her after we read her name scribbled on her companion’s wrist,” said a senior railway police officer.
Police said the incident reportedly occurred around 5.15 pm and that a suicide note had been recovered from Vineet’s possession.