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Indian-born doctor kills himself after parents refuse to accept British fiancée

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 - 11:21am IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI
An Indian-born doctor killed himself with a lethal mix of hospital drugs after he was forced to separate from his white fiancée because his parents disapproved of their relation, an inquest has heard.

An Indian-born doctor killed himself with a lethal mix of hospital drugs after he was forced to separate from his white fiancée because his parents disapproved of their relation, an inquest has heard.

Dr Madhu Honnaiah, 33, separated from colleague Dr Emma Wrighton, 32, after his parents objected to their engagement and she refused a Hindu wedding.

Honnaiah, who worked as an anesthetist, was alone when he injected himself with two drugs seven months after his break off with Wrighton.

According to the Telegraph, the inquest heard that Honnaiah had begun a relationship with fellow doctor Wrighton in 2008 while working in Liverpool.

She went on to work in Australia, but the couple kept in touch. The two got engaged in 2010, without Dr Honnaiah telling his parents.

Investigating officer Pc Huw Evans told the inquest that Honnaiah was wary of telling his parents about the relationship because of their ‘cultural beliefs’, the report said.

“During a visit to Britain from India, his parents learned of the relationship and said they weren't happy about it,” he said.

“It was said his parents wanted him to marry someone from his caste or from the Bangalore area of India where he grew up,” he added.

The inquest heard Dr Honnaiah suggested a Hindu wedding to his fiancée, but she did not agree to this because a wedding date had already been decided.

According to the report, the couple broke up in September 2010 and Dr Honnaiah moved to Swansea in January 2011.

The inquest was told how a concerned Dr Wrighton tried to phone her ex-boyfriend in the days before he was found dead.

She travelled to Swansea to try to speak to Dr Honnaiah at his home, but was unable to find him at his waterside apartment in Swansea.

“They found his flat unlocked and when they went inside they found him deceased,” Pc Evans said, adding: “There was a small syringe near him, a note, and three empty ampoules”.

The eight-page hand written letter made it clear that Doctor Honnaiah intended to take his own life.

"I think it is clear that the breakdown of this relationship with Dr Wrighton must have caused Dr Honnaiah great distress and worry," Swansea coroner Philip Rogers said.




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