Indian doctor kills self after parents reject British fiancee
World | Press Trust of India | Updated: December 17, 2012 23:45 IST
London: A heartbroken India-born doctor in the UK has reportedly committed suicide after his parents, citing cultural differences, disapproved of his plan to marry his British fiancee and fellow physician, who also did not agree to a Hindu wedding.
Bangalore-born anaesthetist Madhu Honnaiah, 33, swallowed drugs from Singleton Hospital in Swansea where he worked after splitting with fiancee Dr Emma Wrighton.
An inquest heard his parents had objected to his engagement to British-born Wrighton, 32, who had refused to have a Hindu wedding, the Daily Mail reported.
Honnaiah was alone when he injected himself with two drugs used in surgery seven months after their split.
The inquest heard Honnaiah had begun a relationship with fellow doctor Wrighton in 2008 while working in Liverpool.
Wrighton then got a job in Australia but the pair stayed in touch - and moved in together when she returned to Britain.
The two doctors got engaged in 2010, though Honnaiah didn't inform his parents, the report said.
Investigating Officer Huw Evans told the inquest that Honnaiah was wary of telling his parents about the relationship because of their "cultural beliefs."
He said: "During a visit to Britain from India, his parents learned of the relationship and said they weren't happy about it."
"It was said his parents wanted him to marry someone from his caste or from the Bangalore area of India where he grew up."
The inquest heard that Honnaiah suggested a Hindu wedding to his fiancee, but she wouldn't agree because a wedding date had already been set aside.
The couple broke up in September 2010 and Honnaiah moved to Swansea in January 2011.
The inquest was told how a concerned Wrighton tried to phone her ex-boyfriend in the days before he was found dead.
She travelled to Swansea to try to speak to Honnaiah at his home, but she was unable to find him at his apartment.
Honnaiah's colleagues at Singleton hospital were not worried at first because he had been due to take the week off.
But after being contacted by one of his university friends, two fellow anaesthetists went to check up on him.
Evans added: "They found his flat unlocked and when they went inside they found him deceased."
The report did not say when the incident happened.
Swansea Coroner's court heard how the ampoules contained the standard components of general anaesthetic including a powerful muscle relaxant.
The eight-page hand written letter made it clear that Doctor Honnaiah intended to take his own life.
Swansea coroner Philip Rogers said: "I think it is clear that the breakdown of this relationship with Dr Wrighton must have caused Dr Honnaiah great distress and worry."
Story First Published: December 17, 2012 23:40 IST