Both women were married off in a mass ceremony at the start of the month in Western India, and had gone missing 10 days later.
discovered both bodies hanging from a tree in a jungle and instantly
described their deaths as suicide because they were married off against
Their families, from the village of Asane reported them missing after
Asha and Swati went into a nearby forest to gather wood and fruit and
never returned home.
Inspector Girish Dighavkar of the Ghodegaon police station said, “Based on the primary investigation, we believe that the two have committed suicide.
we are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the deaths, we suspect
that the two ended their lives as they were married against their
We are yet to record the statements of the
family members, relatives and others. It is only after the probe we
would be able to confirm the reason.”
Forced marriage suicide is quite common in India where poor families
forcefully marry-out their teenage daughters in a bid to get a better
life from their association with their new in-laws.
This occurs mostly with impoverished families and it is usually at the detriment of the girls being married against their will.