BAREILLY: A 22-year-old youth and his 18-yr-old girlfriend belonging to the same community were found hanging from a rope at a village in Powayan area of Uttar Pradesh‘s Shahjahanpur district on Saturday.
The parents of the couple were against their relationship and were planning to fix the woman’s marriage elsewhere, said police. The two were residents of Sisaiya village which is situated near Gomti bridge in Powayan.
On Friday night, Rohit Kumar, the youth, allegedly made a phone call to the girl and asked her to meet outside the village. After allegedly failing to find any way to convince their parents, the couple decided to end their lives. SSP S Anand told TOI, “Prima facie, the couple has committed suicide. The bodies have been sent for autopsy to ascertain the reason of death. The report is awaited. As of now, both the families have not levelled any allegation against each other. We have deployed force in the village to maintain law and order.”
As many as 35 suicide cases of unmarried couples have been reported in Bareilly region since 2019, the main reason behind which is “unacceptance of love marriage”. Most of the cases were reported from rural areas.

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