Financial troubles behind string of suicides in Chennai

The city witnessed four suicides in separate incidents on Tuesday.

Published: 18th September 2013 10:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2013 10:36 AM   |  A+A-

The city witnessed four suicides in separate incidents on Tuesday.

In the first incident, an young couple committed suicide on Monday night in a village near Sholavaram, leaving behind their five-month-old infant.

Police said Thangaraj (24), a lorry driver, and Geetha (21) were found hanging in their house on Tuesday morning by locals. The relatives of the deceased believe that the couple decided to end their lives due to financial problems.

“Geetha was suffering from a stomach tumour and they had to spend heavily for treatment. Thangaraj was unable to go for work regularly as they had to take care of the child. Depressed over this, the couple took the extreme step,” said Inspector Balu, who is in charge of the investigation.

The couple got married one-and-half years back after a love affair, with the consensus of their families. They left baby Keerthana on Monday night at Geetha’s mother’s house which is located a street away.

The incident came to light when Geetha’s mother went to the couple’s house the next morning. Sholavaram police registered a case and are investigating.

In another incident, a 38-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter committed suicide in their house at Jafferkhanpet on Tuesday, allegedly due to financial problems.

Neighbours found Jayanthi and Pooja hanging from the ceiling around 1.30 pm and informed Jayanthi’s elder son Praveen (19) who works as a mechanic in the city.

“Jayanthi was living with her second husband, Shoukath Ali. But, he was not financially supporting her, who was struggling even to pay the house rent. It seems the two decided to end their lives worried about their future,” said a police officer from Kumaran Nagar police station.

Sources said that Pooja was a class VI student in a corporation school and Jayanthi did menial jobs. “There was no suicide note. However, her son Praveen said that Jayanthi showed suicidal tendencies.

She repeatedly had said that she wanted to kill herself, since she found life difficult. However, it is surprising that the girl had also done the same. The two used the same rope,” said a police officer.

Police recovered the bodies and sent them for autopsy on Tuesday. Further investigations in the cases are on.


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