Neyyattinkara: Fearing the confiscation of their house, a mother-daughter duo committed suicide by setting themselves ablaze on Tuesday. The daughter died in the attempt while mother was admitted to hospital in critical condition. Later, she succumbed to the injuries at Thiruvananthapuram Medical college after suffering from nearly 90 percent burns. The incident took place at Marayimuttam near Neyyattinkara.
Marayimuttam native Chandran's wife Lekha (40) and daughter Vaishnavi (19) had set themselves on fire. Vaishnavi was an undergraduate student. Chandran is a carpenter.
15 years back, they had taken Rs 5 lakh from the Neyyattinkara Canara bank for house construction. They had repaid Rs 8 lakh until now. A seizure notice was issued to them asking to repay the remaining Rs 4,80,000. Relatives said that the family was not in a financial situation to repay the loan amount.
The bank authorities had arrived at the hosue on Friday in connection with the confiscation and had contacted over the phone on Tuesday. They had said that seizure of property will take place on Wednesday. The family was on the run to sell the property and repay the loan.
According to locals, Lekha and Vaishnavi were facing severe mental stress over the loan repayment. They alleged that efforts were made to obtain more time for the repayment by public representatives and others, but bank authorities didn't yield to the request.
In protest against the action of bank, locals blockaded the road.