KENDRAPARA: A 30-year-old woman committed suicide by jumping into Brahmani river along with her six-year-old daughter at Sorisida village within Aul police limits of the district on Tuesday morning. The deceased were identified as Chirasmita Das and her daughter Palaka of Sidhabali village.
Chirasmita was married to Biswajit Das of Sidhabali eight years back. As Biswajit was a daily wager, the couple was struggling to make ends meet and often used to quarrel over minor issues. Biswajit was abusive and also used to beat Chirasmita.
Though Chirasmita often complained about her husband's torture to her parents, the latter always forced her to stay with Biswajit, said Sarbeswar Das, a villager.
Unable to bear her husband's torture and fed up with the abject poverty, Chirasmita left home in the morning with daughter Palaka. On reaching the bridge at Sorisida, she jumped into the river with her daughter.
''I thought she was waiting for someone on the bridge. But all of a sudden, she held the arm of her daughter tightly and jumped into the river. The woman put her mobile phone and slipper on the bridge before taking the extreme step,'' said Abhiram Behera, who runs a tea stall near the bridge.
Both the bodies were retrieved from the river at around 1 pm and rushed to the nearby hospital where the mother-daughter duo was declared brought dead. Police are investigating the incident, said Aul IIC Maheswar Sethi.