BOONI: Two teenagers reportedly committed suicide in different villages of Upper Chitral in a single day, local police said.
The first suicide case was reported from Booni where Tayaba, daughter of Syed Ghaffar, ended her life by jumping into the river. Her body was later recovered from Junalikoch.
Subdivisional Police Officer (SDPO) Mastuj Muhammad Zaman Khan said the 14-year-old girl committed suicide due to maltreatment at the hands of her stepmother. He said four days earlier the girl had gone missing from her house and was later recovered by the police from the house of one of her female teachers in Kuragh and handed over back to her family in Booni. He said it was yet to be ascertained if the girl had been tortured before she committed suicide or not on Wednesday. The postmortem report is awaited, the SDPO added.
The second suicide case was reported from Brok village of Laspur valley where a Muhammad Hussain, son of Zamurad Khan, shot himself dead in his house. Reports said before committing suicide the 19-year-old had recorded a video message in his mobile phone stating he was taking the extreme step after being unable to pursue education beyond the intermediate level due to poverty of his family.
The police have started investigations in both the cases. It may be noted that as many as 18 suicide cases of young people, mostly women, have been reported to the police in the subdivision of Mastuj during the last six months. Tough civil society organizations have been expressing concerns over the rising suicide cases in Chitral the government has not taken any tangible steps to check such incidences.–S. Nazir Hussain Shah