Adilabad: A tribal youngster and a tribal girl who were in love committed suicide by consuming pesticide fearing that their parents and community elders would turn down their wish to marry, at Degama village in Thalamadugu mandal on Monday night. The incident came to light on Tuesday.
Thalamadugu Sub-Inspector P Divya Bharati Godam said the deceased were Godam Sriram (22) and Gedem Sujatha (20), both daily wagers of Degama. The two belonged to Raj Gond, a Scheduled Tribe community.
Sriram and Sujatha consumed the pesticide on the outskirts of the village. Sriram died while being shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS)-Adilabad while Sujatha died while undergoing treatment in the same hospital.
The two, who resided in a colony, disappeared from their homes after dinner at 10 pm on Monday. They had hidden the pesticide at a check dam on the outskirts of the village. Sriram’s parents who launched a search saw the two lying unconscious on Tuesday morning and shifted them to RIMS.
It is learned that neither Sriram nor Sujatha discussed their wish with their parents and community elders. “Since the two belonged to the same community, their parents would have readily accepted their marriage proposal. But, they didn’t muster the courage to speak their mind out,” a local said.
Based on a complaint filed by Sudharshan, Sriram’s father, a case was registered. Postmortem of the bodies was conducted at RIMS-Adilabad.