The 26-year-old wife of a techie reportedly jumped from the fourth floor of their apartment building in the wee hours of Friday after her husband allegedly refused to let her go to work. She died on the spot. Shocked, her husband also leapt to his death, the police said.
According to police, Arivazhagan (30), who worked as associate operations manager at an IT major, and Abhirami (26), an MCA graduate, were married for eight months and were living in a flat at Jains Cedar Point on Vaithiyalingam Street in Mallika Nagar, Pallavaram.
The couple had frequent quarrels as Abhirami wanted to work as she did not want her education to go to waste, police said. On at least four or five occasions, both families had intervened and settled the issue between the couple.
On Thursday night, they had an argument on the same issue and Abhirami reiterated her demand. The quarrel went on through the night, police said. Around 3.30 am, Abhirami threatened to jump from their flat, which was on the fourth floor of the building. Since Arivazhagan was unmoved, she reportedly jumped from the building.
Shocked, Arivazhagan too leapt over the balcony. The security personnel at the apartment block heard screams followed by two loud thuds. They rushed to the spot and found the couple lying in pools of blood. They alerted Pallavaram Police. Inspector G Venkat Kumar, and sub-inspectors Jeyalakshmi and Sivakumar, rushed to the scene and removed the bodies. While the woman died on the spot, her husband died while being taken to Chromepet Government Hospital.
“The couple was reserved and did not talk much with the neighbours. There were no issues like harassment between the families,” a senior police officer said.
“They had a difference of opinion only with respect to the woman going to work. Abhirami had taken this drastic step and Arivazhagan followed suit. Since it occurred in a spur of the moment, there was no suicide note,” the officer added.
The bodies were handed over to the families after post-mortem.