After drinking poison, the two were rushed to a hospital where they were declared dead on arrival.
Trigger Warning: This article contains details of suicide that may be distressing to readers.
A young couple from Pakistan, identified by police only as Muqaddas and Adnan, have killed themselves after Muqaddas’ parents rejected the couple's relationship. The couple ingested poison just as the woman's marriage was set up by her family with another man. Arranged marriages are common in the area particularly based on class, religion and soco-economic status, reported VICE. However, more young people are now breaking free from tradition and looking to settle down with partners of their own choosing. Sadly, it seems Muqaddas and Adnan saw no other way out than to end their own lives.
A couple in Pakistan ended their lives just as the woman was about to marry another man whom her parents had chosen.— VICE (@VICE) November 10, 2021
The pair were found in critical condition on Sunday after they drank poison. The incident took place just before the young woman's wedding celebrations shortly before the groom arrived with his family. Muqaddas and Adnan were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. Police said that the two were in love and wanted to get married but the girl's family rejected the union. Many young people find themselves at a crossroads on whether to follow their own destiny or live up to family obligations. 85 percent of Pakistanis have been married through an arranged setup while only 5 percent have married out of love, according to a 2019 Gallup Pakistan survey.
“Marriages should require emotional compatibility, which is a very basic thing that is everyone's right. The couple should first and foremost like each other,” Islamabad-based psychiatrist Abdul Wahab Yousafzai told VICE World News. “You will prominently find that marriage in our society is itself a risk factor for poor mental health.” According to the mental health expert, there is often sensationalism around the coverage of suicide which can lead to deadly consequences among impressionable youngsters. “Attributing suicide to just love affairs and fairy tales is indirect glamourization. When people are constantly exposed to news reports that state things like ‘so-and-so left this world after being spurned in their love affair’ – this can be very dangerous,” said Yousafzai. "Over time, poor mental health, minimal coping strategies, individual personality factors, and social difficulties culminate, which can eventually lead people to becoming more vulnerable to death by suicide,” said Yousafzai.
In a similar case two people in India, a 17-year-old girl, and a 19-year-old boy killed themselves by jumping in front of a moving train, reports Times of India. It is believed to have been part of a suicide pact. SHO Chhola Anil Singh Mourya said, “The deceased girl came in contact with the boy three years ago and they became friends. Their friendship soon turned into a love affair. The girl’s family members spotted her chatting with the deceased boy and objected to it many times, but she did not stop talking to him. It was revealed that the deceased loved each other and wanted to marry but their families were against their marriage so they took the extreme step."
If you are having thoughts about taking your own life, or know of anyone who is, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)