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Affair whiff in teen’s suicide

A 16-year-old school dropout chose the noose over life late on Tuesday night in suicide city Jamshedpur’s 32nd death wish execution this year.

Resident of Parasnagar in Mango, Shreya Kumari — elder daughter of a private construction firm supervisor — was found hanging with her dupatta in her room after 11pm. Though no death note was found, Mango OC Laxman Prasad confirmed that circumstantial evidence pointed to suicide.

“We have registered a case on the basis of the statement given by the girl’s father, Ashok Kumar Sharma. The body has been sent to MGM Medical College in Dimna for post-mortem,” the officer said.

Preliminary probe have failed to ascertain the reason behind the teenager’s drastic step, but relatives hinted that Shreya, who had dropped out of school two years ago, loved a boy from another community, a relationship her parents did not approve of.

“There is no written evidence, but the girl was involved with a youth of another community. Her parents were not happy about it and had expressed their displeasure. This is the only reason I can think of behind Shreya hanging herself,” said a relative, not willing to be identified or named.

According to family members, the Sharmas were attending a wedding in Sakchi on Tuesday evening, an invite Shreya refused to honour saying she had a headache.

“The parents and the younger daughter, who is 11, left her alone and went to the ceremony around 7pm. When they returned around 11pm, the front door was bolted from outside. “When repeated knocks went unheard, they broke open the door to find Shreya hanging from the ceiling fan. She had used a wooden stool and her dupatta,” said another relative who identified himself as Santosh Sharma.

Ashok Sharma was too shocked to say why his daughter chose death over life.