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Maharashtra: Suspected of being in a relationship, one girl ends life, the other survives

Police say their families had objected to the 'relationship'

At age 21, she was still the local tomboy, an extrovert who could easily befriend the boys. The girl she was reportedly in a relationship with, aged 15, is the opposite, a reserved school-going girl who played outside her little home in suburban Mumbai with other girls her age. With the two girls attempting suicide last week, both have become subjects of hushed whispers in a Chembur neighbourhood.

Tragedy hit the 21-year-old’s family on the morning of August 27, when they found her hanging in her 50-sqft room on the first storey of a row of shanties. The previous night, the younger girl had consumed phenyl. Both had been rebuked by their families for their “relationship”.

On Wednesday, the 15-year-old was discharged from the Govandi Centenary Hospital after a stomach wash. She was told gently that the woman she had reportedly been in a relationship with had hanged herself with a length of twine.

In the room where the 21-year-old killed herself, her mother remembers a single line she had kept repeating on the night before she took the fateful step: “Maine kuch zabardasti nahi ki. Ye log galat phasa rahe hai (I have not forced anyone. They are wrongly blaming me).”

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On August 26, she was allegedly threatened by the father of her young friend at the office of a local politician, warning her to stay away from the girl. “They blamed her for forcing herself upon that girl. Even if people think that way, what can we do? She is gone now,” said the woman’s elder sister. She was the third of five sisters, having dropped out after Class IX, promising to help her mother earn a living. She worked as a helper at a local garage.

The young woman had been reportedly threatened by her friend’s father after the latter’s relative saw them together. Her own uncle had then given her a dressing down. “He asked her to go kill herself or let her mother die because she was bringing shame upon the family,” alleged a tea vendor who lives in the neighbourhood.

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The next morning, one of her younger sisters found her hanging around 11.15 am, when the latter returned from school. Her mother, a domestic help, was at work when a local boy rushed to her with news of the suicide.

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“My daughter is being blamed for no fault. That girl often came to meet my daughter. My daughter did not pursue her,” said the distraught mother, adding, however, that her daughter had never discussed her sexual preferences.

“Whenever we would talk about marriage, she would refuse. She would tell us since we have no son she will look after us,” added the mother. Her husband has been unemployed for 15 years now.

One of the younger daughters said she knew her sister was very friendly with a girl, but did not suspect anything more than that. “She never wore Indian salwar suits. She was always like a boy but she never harmed anyone. But we don’t know if she liked girls,” the sister claimed, adding that her sister would roam the neighbourhood in a collared shirt and trousers, always sporting a short haircut.

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The girl who survived the suicide attempt, a Class XI student, is known as a shy girl in the slums nearby.

“We have seen her grow up in these lanes. She would play with girls like any other girl would play,” said a neighbour.

But amid the tragedy, the 21-year-old’s family alleged the other family merely wants to bury the matter.

They have now filed a complaint at Chunabhatti police station blaming the other girl’s father for the suicide.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 01:56:56 am
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