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16-year-olds in Bengal commit suicide fearing opposition to their wedding plans

They planned to tie the knot on Tuesday.

kolkata Updated: Feb 13, 2017 14:18 IST
Sreyasi Pal
Sreyasi Pal
Hindustan Times, Berhampore (West Bengal)
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Sabnur Khatun and Rinku Sheikh, both 16, planned to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day. They ended up committing suicide the day before. (HT Photo)

Fearing that their relationship will not receive parental approval, a teenage girl and her lover committed suicide at Bagundi village in Murshidabad barely a day before Valentine’s Day.

The bodies were found hanging from a tree in the locality on Monday morning.

Sources said the 16-year-old children – both students of Benipur High School – were in love, and wanted to be wedded. However, the two believed their parents will not allow them to take such a step until they were of marriageable age.

“Everyone in our class was aware of their relationship. They initially planned to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day, keeping their relatives in the dark. However, they later understood that marrying at that age wouldn’t be possible without their parents’ consent. So they decided to end their lives,” said a common friend.

An uncle of the boy said he was last seen in his room around 8:30 pm on Sunday. “While heading out, he said he was going to play carrom with some friends. He did not return home that night, and the following morning, we found both of them hanging from the tree,” he added.

The girl’s relatives claimed she left the house while they were busy with a family function. “The main entrance was open till late in the night. She talked with her relatives for some time, and then she went to her bedroom. We didn’t even realise when she left the house. It was only in the morning that some villagers informed me about the suicide,” said an uncle.

Both the families denied having any knowledge about the relationship. “They were in their teens. It must have been an impulsive decision,” the girl’s uncle claimed.

Rabi Malakar, officer-in-charge of Ranitala police station, said the bodies have been sent for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

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First Published: Feb 13, 2017 13:17 IST