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Lovers facing opposition from families end lives

india Updated: Dec 17, 2006 03:16 IST
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A couple, facing opposition from their families to their relationship, committed suicide in southwest Delhi on Friday.

The police gave their identities as Birju, 19, and Mamta, 18. They committed suicide in Najafgarh after eloping from Sonepat, Haryana.

Birju, who lived with his aunt in Najafgarh, is from Rohtak. His family lives there. Mamta is from Sonepat.

The two had been seeing each other for the past six months but their families were opposed to the relationship. The police believe this drove the two to end their lives. No suicide note was recovered.

The police said the two, missing since December 8, had reached Delhi on Friday afternoon.

The boy took the girl to his aunt's place in Najafgarh. Soon both complained of sickness and were taken to nearby Rao Tula Ram Hospital.

The girl died on way to the hospital, while the boy was declared dead on arrival.

According to medical reports, the couple had taken sulphas tablets, which results in speedy death. The police said postmortems were yet to be done as Mamta's family had still not arrived in the city. Birju’s family arrived in the capital on Friday.

Ten years ago in Najafgarh, a couple had been killed by the girl’s father. The deaths were initially believed to be suicides but, on interrogation of the girl’s father, it turned he had murdered them, said Deependra Pathak, spokesperson, Delhi Police.

In many instances, the girl's family alleges kidnapping by the boy. "About 40 per cent of kidnapping cases in Delhi eventually turn out to be elopement cases," Pathak said.

Beauty parlour worker dies A woman working in a beauty parlour in north Delhi died on Saturday. Lucy, 28, who was from Mizoram, worked in a beauty parlour in Roop Nagar.

Around 8 p.m. on Friday she had met one Ajay Luthra, who the police described as her friend. Both then went to a party where Lucy consumed alcohol and passed off.

Luthra, a property dealer living in Malkaganj, rushed her to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital around 1 a.m., where she was declared dead on arrival. The police are interrogating Luthra. "The postmortem will be done tomorrow. Only then we will be able to comment further," said Sunil Garg, deputy commissioner of police, north.

Email Abhishek Bhalla:   abhishek .bhalla@hindustantimes.com

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