A 19-year-old shepherd and his 16-year-old girlfriend allegedly killed themselves by going under a speeding train after the former was married to another girl, despite his objection, authorities said.

The mutilated body of the teen couple, who are yet to be publicly identified, was found on the railway tracks close to Malliyala Railway Station in Kurnool, a city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday, June 29

According to the Kurnool Government Railway Police, the couple slept on the tracks near a railway underbridge and were run over by a speeding train. 

The gruesome discovery was made by a railway keyman, who was doing his routine checks on the tracks, reports said.

The Dhone Railway Station Superintendent was alerted about the alleged suicide and a complaint was filed with the railway police.

The bodies were transported to a medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

A preliminary investigation by the GRP (Government Railway Police) revealed that the teens were in a relationship and wanted to get married but the boy was allegedly forcibly married to his relative recently. 

On Wednesday, the couple left their homes and allegedly killed themselves, according to reports.

It is unclear if any suicide note was recovered from the scene of the tragedy.

A case of unnatural death has been registered and a further probe is underway.
 
A similar incident was reported early this year in India’s Uttar Pradesh, where two minor sisters allegedly killed themselves by jumping in front of a freight train.

The lifeless bodies of the two sisters, 17-year-old Sapna, 17, and 16-year-old Poonam,  were found near the Kanchausi railway station along the Delhi-Howrah route on April 25.

According to local media reports, the girls’ family was in extreme poverty and this could have driven the siblings to take such an extreme step.

Their father, Ashok Nath, died three years ago and their mother is bed-ridden from a chronic ailment. 

Extreme poverty had forced the teens to drop out of school and work as daily wage laborers to run the house and deal with the expenses of their mother's treatment, sources had said.

Their relatives were searching for the girls when they were alerted about the bodies on the railway track.

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