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Teens commit suicide on Valentine's Day

14 February 2012, 17:21

Bangladesh - A 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old lover committed suicide in southern Bangladesh on Valentine's Day after the girl was forced to marry another man, police said on Tuesday.

The bodies of Mitu Molla and Soud Sheikh were found with "each of their hands tied together with a scarf" after they jumped from a mobile phone tower in Gopalganj district, police inspector Sarojit Biswas said.

"They died on the way to a clinic. It appears that the teenagers, who are from two neighbouring villages, had a love affair and they chose Valentine's Day to kill themselves," Biswas said.

He said Molla's family took her to a town 200km from her village two months ago and married her off to a man twice her age against her will after the affair with Sheikh became public.

Sheikh, a high school student in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, secretly returned to the village on Monday night to meet the girl, who had also gone back to visit her parents' home, Biswas said.

"Most probably the boy and the girl talked over mobile phones to decide on the suicide pact," he added.


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