Man kills self for failure to give smartphone to daughter

AGARTALA: In a shocking incident, a daily-wage labourer committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in western Tripura after he had failed to provide an Android phone to his daughter for her online studies.

Sepahijala district police chief Krishnendu Chakraborty said that 45-year Sukumar Bhowmik after being pressured by his 15-year-old eldest daughter for an Android smartphone, bought an ordinary mobile phone. “When Sukumar gave the new mobile phone to his daughter, she refused to accept it as she needed an Android smartphone for her online coaching. Sukumar’s wife and daughter also scolded him for not buying an Android smartphone,” Chakraborty told IANS on Thursday.

The officer said that Sukumar tried to pacify his wife and daughter, telling them that he did not have the money to purchase the costly Android phone but they continued to berate him. His daughter broke the new mobile phone by throwing it on the ground.

Sukumar’s close relatives said that feeling humiliated by the abuse heaped on him by his daughter and wife, he committed suicide by hanging himself in a closed room in his home at Madhupur in western Tripura’s Sepahijala district early Wednesday.

“Sukumar was maintaining his family, comprising three children, his wife and himself, by his meagre daily earnings that had come down because of the COVID-19 induced restrictions,” said Manika Bhowmik, a close relative of Sukumar.

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