Hazaribagh, Aug. 25: A young couple committed suicide in Barkagaon this morning, unable to put up with social boycott by members of the Koyri community.
In his last statement to police, the youth named four local panchayat members, who had been humiliating them for the past few years.
Sunil Kumar (24) and Ranju Kumari (20), both of sati gotra from Harli village, had tied the knot in 2009 against the custom of the community where marriage in the same sub-caste is not allowed.
Irked over the couple’s step, village elders decided to ostracise the duo and asked their family members to disown them. After mental torture of four years, Sunil and Ranju consumed poison in Hathia Pathar forest, 6km from their house, this morning. They were rushed to sadar hospital where Ranju was declared brought dead. Sunil was referred to Ranchi but he succumbed near Mandu.
SI Polikar Kujur of Barkagaon police station said everyone named by Sunil would be arrested soon.