Newlyweds attempt suicide, wife dies

Newlyweds attempt suicide, wife dies

Ashok and Ranjitha

A newly married couple attempted suicide after they had a telephone conversation on Tuesday night.

While wife Ranjitha (24) died hanging herself on the grill of the window at their residence in KR Puram, husband Ashok is fighting for his life after drinking poison in Kolar.

Police said Ranjitha is a native of Mulabagilu. She married Ashok three months ago. The couple has been living in a rented house in Lakshmipura Layout in KR Puram.  

Ranjitha’s father Krishnappa filed a complaint accusing Ashok of torturing his daughter for dowry. He also alleged that Ranjitha committed suicide unable to bear Ashok’s torture and asked the police to take action. Ashok was taken to Kolar’s Jalappa Hospital and is in a critical condition.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple had differences. Ashok had left Ranjitha to attend a wedding in Kolar on Tuesday, while Ranjitha was unhappy that he left her alone.

The couple had an argument while speaking on the phone on Tuesday night. Ashok snapped the connection and consumed poison. His relatives rushed him to hospital.

Ranjitha, upset after the conversation, decided to end her life by hanging herself from the grill of the window. When her parents called her repeatedly and had no response, they asked their son to check on her.  Ranjitha’s suicide came to light when her brother visited her Wednesday morning.

Police said they are yet to find the precise reason behind the couple’s suicide attempt. They are waiting for Ashok to recover and give a statement.

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