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Bhopal: Driven by penury, woman, daughters jump before train


BHOPAL: Driven by penury, a woman along with her two daughters, including a minor, jumped before a speeding train at Ahmadpur railway crossing under the Shahpura railway station on Wednesday morning.

Station head officer SHO Jitendra Patel said that Sarju 55, Sushma 18 and Sapna 16 lived in Bavdia Kalan slums. Sarju and her husband Maharaj Meena were labourers. They had four daughters. While two of them were married, the family had no money to marry off the remaining two.

Owing to penury, Sarju had been in dire straits. Her relationship with Maharaj too had nose dived. Sources claimed that husband and wife used to leave home early in the morning for work leaving the two girls behind. Local goons used to harass the girls and pass lewd remarks on them.

The family hailed from Salamatpur in Raisen district. The relatives were reportedly pressuring the family to get the two daughters married. Their communityhas a tradition of marrying off daughters at young age. Though the family had received several proposals, they could not finalise any of them owing to shortage of money. The fact that Maharaj was addicted to liquor and used to splurge all his earnings on booze only made the matters worse.

The three reportedly left the house around 1 am. Maharaj tried to search for them but in vain. Early morning their bodies were found near railway tracks. The police sent the corpses for autopsy after registering a case.