Two teenage lovers tied their wrists together with a scarf and jumped to their deaths on St Valentine's Day because the girl had been forced to marry a stranger twice her age.
The tragic pair were found at the base of a tall mobile phone tower in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka in what police described as a heartbreaking end to a romance that was against the wishes of the girl's parents.
Mitu Molla, aged 16, had been secretly meeting her 17-year-old lover, Soud Sheikh, for months.
But when her parents learned of their relationship they decided to take matters into their own hands and marry her off to another man.
'The young couple were heartbroken,' said police inspector Sarojit Biswas.
'It appears that the teenagers, who are from two neighbouring villages, had a love affair and they chose Valentine's Day to kill themselves.'
When Mitu's parents learned of the teenagers' secret meetings they took her by force from her village two months ago and married her off to a man who was not only twice as old as her but who she had no feelings for.
It is believed she had not even met her new husband before the wedding.
After the marriage, said police, Mitu and her boyfriend Soud kept in touch with each other by mobile phone but the pain of being separated was too much for either of them to bear.
Police believe they made a pact to commit suicide together.
After speaking to his distressed teenage lover by mobile phone, Soud secretly made his way to Mitu's village.
She had already returned there on the pretext of paying a visit to her family and to tell them the lie that she was settling down with her new husband.
The teenagers then met at a pre-arranged place at night, made their way to the mobile phone tower, climbed to the top, tied their wrists together with a scarf and jumped.
They were not killed immediately, but died on the way to a nearby clinic, said police.
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