Police said on Monday that five members of a family committed suicide in the southern Indian state of Telangana after being allegedly branded as sorcerers by relatives and neighbours.
Local police official, Ramana Murty, said that the tragic incident took place in remote Kondapur village near Huzurabad town of Telangana’s Karimnagar district late Sunday night.
Murty said: “A couple and their three daughters ended their lives by hanging themselves from the ceiling of their house.
“Their bodies were discovered by neighbours this morning.”
Another official who did not want to mention his name said the family took the extreme step as the man was depressed after being recently beaten up by local villagers and their relatives for allegedly practising witchcraft.
Police said the couple first helped their daughters end their lives and then they killed themselves.
The official said: “Their bodies have been sent for an autopsy and we will get a clear picture once we get the results.”
He also added that a probe has also been ordered into the incident.