Parents consume poison after daughter elopes with boy from a different caste

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-14 21:14 Bengaluru: Upset that their daughter had eloped with a boy of a different caste, parents of the girl, residents of a village near Doddabelavangala in Bengaluru rural district, consumed poison on Saturday to avoid being disgraced among their community. The mother of the daughter died while the father is said to be in a critical condition.   According to Doddabelavangala police, the deceased has been identified as Sujatha Rao, 42, a resident of Shivapura near Peenya in North Bengaluru. Her husband has been identified as Mani Chandra, 48, an employee at a private firm. Police have registered a case of abetment to commit suicide against the boy Sridhar, who was also their couples’ tenant, based on the complaint lodged by Jayamma, mother of deceased.   Police said the 22-year-old daughter of the couple had left home around 11am on Friday, saying she was going to Mantri Mall in the city to celebrate her birthday along with friends. Later the parents were informed by Sridhar over the phone that he and their daughter were in love and had got married on Friday.   As the couple were Brahmins and the boy was a Vokkaliga, they requested him to call off the whole thing and return their daughter as they would be disgraced among their relatives. But as Sridhar was in no mood to relent, Sujatha threatened Sridhar that she and her husband will commit suicide if the two did not heed their request. Sridhar reportedly told the couple that they were free to do whatever they wanted since there was no going back on the decision.   Later, Sujatha and Mani Chandra left their home on their bike. Jayamma made efforts to trace the two with the help of relatives and well-wishers. Onlookers later found the two unconscious at Uddichiknahalli and informed the police. The couple were shifted to a private hospital in Nelamangala, where Sujatha was declared brought dead. Chandra is in ICU and his condition is said to be critical, police said. Further probe is underway in the case.