TIRUVARUR, MADURAI, VIRUDHUNAGAR: A father, mother and their daughter committed suicide near Thiruthuraipoondi allegedly because of the cancellation of the wedding fixed for the daughter.
Sources said Ganesan (55), a goldsmith of Pillayarkoil North Street in Ammalur and his wife Rajathi (50) had fixed the marriage of their daughter Geetha (25) with a bridegroom from Tiruvarur and the engagement formalities had been completed. The marriage was scheduled for January 24, 2018. The bridegroom’s family abruptly cancelled the wedding a few days ago without citing any reason.
On Sunday morning Ganesan, Rajathi and Geetha were found dead in their house. Rajathi’s second son, Harihara Sudan (20), who found the bodies, informed neighbours. Edayur police rushed to the spot and retrieved the bodies of the deceased and sent them to Thiruthuraipoondi Government Hospital for post-mortem. The police suspect the trio might have consumed poison but said only the postmortem report would reveal the exact cause of death.
The police have registered a case under Section 174 (suspicious death) and are conducting an investigation. If it is confirmed the deaths were due to suicide caused by the wedding cancellation, the case would be altered to one of abetting suicide, police sources added.
In another unrelated incident in Madurai, a woman attempted suicide by hanging herself after she was allegedly forced to do so by usurers. The incident occurred on Saturday, following which the city police registered a case against two women under Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Charging Exorbitant Interest Act, 2003.
According to police sources, the case was registered against D Avvaiyar and M Thangam of Anna Street at Old Vilangudi in Madurai.
Police said that S Marishwari of Old Vilangudi had taken a loan of Rs 25,000 from one Avvaiyar and Rs 20,000 from one Thangam three years ago. However, when she failed to repay the loan amount, the two moneylenders went to her house and allegedly abused and threatened her. As a result of this she went into depression and attempted to kill herself.
The woman was rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital. She is now undergoing treatment there.
In another case of crime, two Dalits were found dead in an agricultural land in Vachakarapatti Police limits in Virudhunagar.
District Collector A Sivagnanam ordered a magisterial enquiry in connection with the suspicious deaths.