VILLUPURAM: An octogenarian woman and her septuagenarian younger sister committed suicide by jumping into a farm well at Thayanur village near Melmalayanur on Thursday, allegedly because the formers’s son, a retired government teacher and his wife, were not taking care of them.
According to sources, Ajithdoss (63), a retired government school teacher was living with wife Usha, mother Devi (82) and maternal aunt Kantha Ravai (79) at Thayanur village near Melmalayanur.
Due to old-age related issues, Ajithdoss and Usha were unable to take care of Devi and Kantha Ravai. Usha and Devi used to engage in small altercations regarding this.
In recent weeks, the two elderly women were found distressed as they were not getting proper care. On Thursday evening, when Ajithdoss and Usha went to a nearby temple, Devi and Kantha Ravai committed suicide by jumping into a nearby farm well.
When Ajithdoss and Usha returned home, the two women were nowhere to be seen.
The couple started searching for them in nearby relatives’ and neighbours’ houses.
Meanwhile, some of the villagers, who were returning home from their farmlands after work, spotted the bodies of the elderly women floating inside the farm well.
They alerted the Fire and Rescue Service personnel, who came to the spot fished the bodies. Based on a complaint from Ajithdoss, the Avalurpet police registered a case and are investigating further.