TWO WOMEN, both 19 years old, who got married in a mass marriage ceremony on April 29 and May 1 in Ambegaon taluka, and had gone missing since May 10, were found hanging from a tree on May 13. The women were from Asane village, said police, adding it could be a case of suicide as the two were married off against their wishes.
Ghodegaon police, which is under the jurisdiction of Pune rural police, have identified the two as Asha Shrikant Burud and Swati Umesh Zanjare, both from Asane village.
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Police said Swati got married on April 29, while Asha got married on May 1 in a collective wedding ceremony held at the neighbouring Adiware village. On May 10, according to the police, they left their respective homes after telling their family members that they were going to the forest, near the village, to collect forest produce. They never returned. Later, a missing person’s report was registered with the Ghodegaon police station.
On May 13, the two were found hanging from a tree on the banks of Bubhra river.
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Inspector Girish Dighavkar of Ghodegaon police station said, “Based on the primary investigation, we believe that the two have committed suicide. Though we are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the deaths, we suspect that the two ended their lives as they were married against their wishes. We are yet to record the statements of the family members, relatives and others. It is only after the probe we would be able to confirm the reason.”
Inspector Dighavkar said both the girls were from farmer families and were married into a similar households.