Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Sep 10:
Depressed after losing their only son to dengue, a couple from Odisha ended their lives by jumping from the fourth floor of a building in South Delhi holding each other’s hands late on Tuesday night.
Laxmidhar Rout and Babita Rout, natives of Gopinathpur village in Kendrapada district of Odisha were staying for the last 10 years in Lado Sarai. Laxmidhar Rout used to work as assistant manager in Pizza Hut in South Delhi.
Their only son Avinash, a student of class 1 in Saket Public School, was suffering from dengue since last one week. The couple had tried to get their child treated in MAX, Modi and Molchand hospitals, but due to unavailability of beds his treatment was delayed. On Monday, he was admitted to Batra hospital in a critical condition, but died within four hours of being admitted.
The last rites of Avinash were done in Chhatarpur crematorium on Monday. At about 1 am on Tuesday night, the grieving parents wrote a suicide not, kept it on the table and jumped down from a four-story building in the neighbourhood. The couple was cremated last night in Chhatarpur crematorium.
The police have filed a suicide case on basis on a suicide note left behind by the couple.