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UP policemen sniff lovers’ suicide plan, get them married in thana

The Times of India logo The Times of India 23-05-2022 Kanwardeep Singh
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BAREILLY: Four suicide pacts between lovelorn couples have been reported from Kheri district in UP till now this year. The fifth may just have been averted. The childhood sweethearts, distraught at the relentless refusal of their parents to bless their union, are now happily married. And they have the police to thank for it. Cops swung into action in the nick of time, whisked the young lovers to a thana nearby and presided over the wedding on Sunday.

The lovebirds tied the knot at a small mandir on the premises of the Singahi thana as officials stood in attendance and a priest read the mantras. Cops claimed that they also convinced the duo's families to “accept the shaadi”.

A police official said it was possible because a friend of the couple tipped them off. “Manoj (name changed) was extremely anxious as he didn't want to lose his girlfriend. Her family was not even ready to talk to him. After I found out the two were on the verge of killing themselves, I shared the information with the police and sought help. Fortunately, they responded,” he told TOI on the condition of anonymity. A sub-inspector, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “The two were stressed as the boy was unemployed and didn't have money to live in a separate house, away from his parents.”

Manoj (name changed) was extremely anxious as he didn't want to lose his girlfriend. Her family was not even ready to talk to him. After I found out that the two were on the verge of killing themselves, I shared the information with the police and requested them for help. Fortunately, they responded," he told TOI on the condition of anonymity.

A police sub-inspector, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “The two were stressed as the boy was unemployed and didn't have enough money to live in a separate house, away from his parents. The girl’s family was trying to marry off her elsewhere. We met them and supported them in every possible way. A local priest came on board. Now we have advised them to register their marriage at the earliest. We are happy that this love story didn’t meet a tragic end.”

SHO of Singahi police station, Rajkumar Saroj, said, “The girl and the boy are young, in their early twenties. They belong to the same community and live in the same village. Since they were adults and wanted to marry, we saw nothing wrong in coming to their aid. Their families were requested to not force their decisions on them."

Over a dozen incidents of helpless couples ending their lives together have been recorded in various police stations across UP this year.

Just on May 22, the bodies of two lovers were found hanging from a tree in the Ghatamour Kotwali area of Kanpur.

A day earlier, on May 21, two teenagers killed themselves inside a temple in Budaun. Bareilly division alone has recorded 29 such cases since 2019.

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