Late on Saturday night, bodies of three members of a four-member family in Kerala were recovered from railway tracks in Mulamthuruthy in Ernakulam district.
55-year-old Sachithanandan, his wife Sujitha (50) and their younger daughter Sreelakshmi (20) were run over by Thiruvananthapuram-bound Guwahati Express at around 10pm.
Though initial reports suggested that the family had indeed committed suicide, the police confirmed it on Sunday after they recovered a note from Sachithanandanâ€™s bag. The letter, purportedly written by Sachithanandan, who worked as a welder in the Cochin shipyard, asked for his assets to be given to his brotherâ€™s children.
While the three members of the family ended their lives before a speeding train, the elder daughter Jyothilakshmi had on the same day left her parentâ€™s house in Kottayam district, to live with a man she had been in a relationship with.
Sachithanandan had fixed Jyothilakshmiâ€™s marriage on October 30, with another man and opposed her relationship with her neighbor, who belonged to a different community.
According to the police, the family decided to end their lives, as they were upset that Jyothilakshmi had decided to marry outside their community and walked out on the family on Saturday.
â€śBased on our preliminary investigations, we have come to the conclusion that the family committed suicide. The suicide note also points to the same,â€ť Mulamthuruthy SI Sunil Thomas said.
Jyothilakshmi, now the only surviving member of the family, was admitted in Kottayam medical college on Sunday, after she was unable to bear the shock of the tragedy.
â€śShe was given counselling and sent home on Monday. For now, she is staying at a relativeâ€™s house in Ettumanur,â€ť the officer added.