In a peculiar incident, three women allegedly killed themselves in a reported fit of religious frenzy at Karapa village, near Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district.
The deceased have been identified as Rasamsetty Satyaveni (48), Sathi Dhana Lakshmi (45), and Vyshavi Devi (18). Vyshavi was Dhana Lakshmi's daugher, while Satyaveni was her sister.
Quoting sources, Deccan Chronicle reported that the three women had converted to Christianity four years ago and had been devout, offering prayers every morning and evening.
The DC report adds that the women had locked themselves at home to 'ward off negative forces', on Monday morning.
When Dhanalakshmiâ€™s son, Raghuveer, came home in the evening and still found it locked, he grew suspicious.
Following this, he broke open the door, to find the three women hanging. He alerted neighbours, who in turn, alerted the police.
The New Indian Express reported that the trio were telling locals for the past few days that they had received summons from God, and wanted to leave the world of sinners.
â€śWhen we came to the village, already one body was kept on the floor. We have collected some evidence with the help of clues team. We need to question several people before coming to a conclusion pertaining to the reason for the suicide of the three women,â€ť Rural DSP M Venkateswarlu told TNIE.
The police have registered a case and sent the bodies for postmortem. An investigation has begun.