A couple from Bareilly committed suicide following a heated argument over whether they should have chicken or not during Navratra.
The incident in Kheri district’s Rajepur village took place after the couple got into a fight over what to eat for dinner. The husband, who was allegedly drunk, wanted to eat chicken but his wife refused to cook it since Navratra was on.
The husband, adamant on satisfying his craving for a chicken dish, got inside the kitchen and started cooking. When his wife saw, she started fighting with him. She then consumed poison. In remorse, the husband consumed poison as well.
According to media reports, the husband was identified as Anand Vihari Verma and his wife, Phoolmati. The couple have three children. The daughter stays in Sitapur district and her two sons work in other districts.
Police told the media that the deceased couple’s daughter received a call from her father who told her that Phoolmati had committed suicide. Immediately after, he also consumed poison.
The daughter informed her uncle who rushed both husband and wife to hospital. She was declared dead on arrival while the husband died just as he was being treated.
Police said Phoolmati would devoutly observe fast during Navratri and was deeply hurt when her husband decided to cook chicken.