Accused of sexual harassment, two Karnal teenagers end their lives
By the HT correspondent, Karnal
On Sunday, two teenagers reportedly committed suicide after consuming a toxic substance in the village of Taikhana, in the district of Karnal.
The deceased, aged 16 and 17, were close friends.
The boys’ families have claimed they have suffered from mental health problems since a girl from the village accused them of sexually harassing her at a bank on October 1.
Following his complaint, the police took the boys to the police station and released them after a warning.
Later, in a panchayat in the village, they were told to apologize to the young girl, according to their relatives.
With that, the girl and her brother continued to harass their sons, which claimed their lives on Sunday, they said.
“Following a counter-complaint from the father of one of the deceased, the daughter and her brother were sentenced under Articles 306 (incitement to suicide) and 34 (acts performed in pursuit of a common intention ) of the Indian penal code, ”said Parmod Gautam, head of the Taraori police station.
The bodies were handed over to the families after an autopsy at Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College.