3 teenage girls commit suicide

- MOHAN SHAHI, DOTI

Apr 19, 2015-

Three schoolgirls, aged 14 and 15, committed suicide en masse at Surma VDC in Bajhang district. The victims, who went out of contact on Friday, were found hanging from a tree in the Bhoktuli Community Forest on Saturday.

According to District Police Office in Bajhang, Juntara Pujara (14), Rekha Pujara (14) and Kabita Bohara (15) of Surma-5 killed themselves by hanging from a rhododendron tree. Juntara was a seventh grader while two others were studying in grade eight at Surma Higher Secondary School.

The incident site is at the walking distance of around two-and-a-half hours from their village. The girls had left their houses for fetching red soil at around 12:30pm. Locals said they searched the girls as they failed to return home by the evening.

Police said the post-mortem conducted on Sunday confirmed that the girls had committed suicide. The reason behind the incident, however, is not immediately known. “Our preliminary investigation shows that neither poverty nor love affairs caused the suicide,” said Inspector Kamal Bista, adding that further investigation is under way.

Among the girls, Juntara was married a month ago. She continued her studies staying at her parents’ house. The incident occurred just a few days after four teenage schoolgirls committed suicide jumping into the Mahakali river at Dattu VDC in Darchula district.

Published: 20-04-2015 09:04

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