Kolkata: As in life,
so in death. Nine days after two women committed suicide in West
Bengal following the society's refusal to accept their love for
each other, their bodies are still lying unclaimed in a hospital
morgue with their families reluctant to cremate them, police said
Swapna Mondal, 20, and Sucheta Mondal, 19, residents of Sonachura
village in Nandigram area of East Midnapore district, fell in love
a few years back, but faced a hostile reaction from the villagers.
The duo was tried in a village court, which forbade them from
meeting each other. Sucheta was later married to a man in a
distant village, said the police.
"Sucheta came back to her parent's house Feb 19 and somehow
managed to contact Swapna. Both of them went out of their houses
in the night and committed suicide by consuming poison," said
Sub-divisional Police Officer (Haldia) Sushil Ganguly.
"Their bodies were recovered Feb 20 in the nearby paddy field,
tied to each other at their waist. A suicide note recovered from
Swapna mentioned 'Please don't get annoyed at me, I could not live
without my love'," he said.
"The bodies were recovered from a paddy field and sent to Tamluk
district hospital for autopsy. Since then, the bodies are lying in
the morgue as the family members have refused to take the bodies
for performing the last rites.
"We have repeatedly approached the family members asking them to
take the bodies but they have turned down our proposal. We will
wait for a few more days and after that we will cremate the bodies
like other unclaimed bodies," Ganguly told IANS.
He, however, did not elaborate on why their families were
unwilling to claim the bodies.
However, a senior police officer said: "The family members were
forced by the village heads not to claim their bodies and perform
the last rites in the village as same-sex relations are considered
an offence in their society."