Bengaluru: Under pressure to marry, siblings kill selves in City

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Bengaluru, (DHNS): Pressure from parents to enter wedlock drove two sisters who were pursuing engineering to commit suicide by hanging themselves at their residence in Muneshwara Layout here in the early hours of Tuesday.

Tejaswini (22) and her younger sister Ranjitha (20) were pursuing engineering courses in a college near Channasandra in the City.

Tejaswini was in her final year while Ranjitha was in the second year in the same college. On Monday night, the girls’ father Malleshappa, who owns a provision store, told them that it was time they got married.

Malleshappa also told them that they have selected few prospective grooms who will be visiting their house soon, said the police. But the siblings opposed their parents’ decision and asked their father to stop putting pressure on them.  A heated argument ensued where Tejaswini and Ranjitha revealed that they were in a relationship.

In a threatening tone, Malleshappa asked his daughters to get the boys with whom they were in a relationship to the local police station where he would get them married right away. The argument continued late into the night. Around 3:30 am, Malleshappa woke up and went to his daughters’ bedroom, only to find them hanging from a ceiling fan.

The sisters have left a death note stating that they were upset about getting married at an early age, the police said. A case has been registered in Madiwala police station and investigation is on.

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