A 24-year-old youth and his 21-year-old girlfriend committed suicide owing to their parents’ opposition to their relationship, within a span of few hours, police said today.
While Prema Devendra (21) allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself by ceiling fan at her house at Sion Koliwada in the city yesterday, Venkatesh Perumal (23) killed himself by jumping in front of a running train at Vasai in Palghar district neighbouring Mumbai last evening.
Perumal and Prema were in a relationship but their parent were apparently opposed to their marriage, police said.
Police suspect that Prema killed herself at around 1 PM whereas Perumals body was recovered on railway tracks in Vasai at around 6 PM.
According to the girl’s relatives, the couple took the extreme step on Sunday after Venkatesh was denied permission by his parents to marry Prema. “Prema pleaded that the family reconsider their decision and allow them to tie the knot but Venkatesh’s sister not only refused to budge, she also humiliated Prema,” a relative told the police.
Around noon, Prema hung herself, and her brother rushed her to the hospital but she was declared dead on arrival.
Two separate cases of accidental death were registered at Antop Hill police station and Vasai railway police station.