CHENNAI: In a spate of suicides reported across the city, three persons including a newly-married woman BPO employee and an ITI student ended their lives on Sunday and Monday.
In the first incident, Lavanya (23), a resident of Anna Ninaivu Nagar in Puzhal, who got married just four months ago, set herself on fire after a tiff with her husband Balaji (24) on Sunday night. She was admitted to Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, where she died in the wee hours of Monday.
Lavanya and Balaji, who were working as data entry operators in an ITeS company on Old Mahabalipuram Road, had fallen in love and got married. Around 10 days ago, Lavanya’s father Baskar, a retired Madras HC staffer, died after a brief illness and the couple had been making arrangements for a special prayer on December 24.
Under these circumstances, Balaji had gone out with friends on Saturday and come home drunk. He did so again on Sunday evening, which infuriated Lavanya, who doused kerosene on herself and threatened to immolate herself.
Balaji prevented her from striking the match thrice, but she succeeded in her fourth attempt and suffered more than 90 per cent burns. Balaji too suffered burns in his bid to save her. The couple was moved to KMCH where the woman died, while Balaji was battling for life with 36 per cent burns. An RDO inquiry was conducted since the woman had died an unnatural death within seven years of marriage.
The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem on Monday. Puzhal police registered a case.
In another incident, a 19-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging at his house in Alandur on Sunday night. This was the same house where his parents and elder sister too had committed suicide some years ago. Kamalesh, an ITI student, who was residing in the house on Vembuliyamman Koil Street in Alandur, reportedly fell in love with a girl in the neighbourhood. He had sought the help of his step-mother Bhanu, whom his father had married after the death of his mother and sister a few years ago, to arrange for his marriage. But the woman is said to have chided the teen and advised him to wait for a couple of years for marriage.
Heart-broken, Kamalesh took the drastic step on Sunday afternoon when he was alone at home. When Bhanu returned home around 5 pm on Sunday, she found the door locked. With the help of neighbours, she broke into the house to find the boy hanging. They lowered the body and moved it to the Chrompet GH for autopsy. Police said Kamalesh’s mother and sister had committed suicide some years ago, following which his father remarried. However, about a year ago, his father too killed himself.
In yet another incident, a 24-year-old youth reportedly suffering from depression leapt to death from his fifth floor apartment balcony in Vepery.
Police said Abhijith, a B.Com graduate residing with his parents in Prince Paradise Apartment, was watching television with the rest of the family until midnight. As the others went to sleep around 12.30 am, the youth, who was watching TV, jumped off the balcony around 1.30 am on Monday. He fell down head first and died on the spot. The body was moved to KMCH for post-mortem.
Preliminary investigations revealed that he was suffering from depression for the past seven years and was under treatment. A case was filed by the Vepery police.