Pradeep Pattanayak

On the 10th day of her husband’s demise, a woman, who had unsuccessfully contested the Panchayat election and consumed poison following taunts by supporters of the winning candidate, breathed her last while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack on Tuesday. 

The deceased, Sumati Parida, was a resident of Padmapur area under Basudevpur block in Bhadrak district. Her husband Ramakant Parida had hanged himself to death on March 13. 

The family members were busy observing the tenth day rituals of Ramakant when they received the sad news of Sumati’s death today. 
The passing away of the couple in a span of ten days has left the whole village mourning. 

The couple had taken the extreme step following the acrimonious remarks hurled at them by the supporters of the victorious candidate. 
Sumati had contested as an independent candidate for Samiti member post from Padmapur Panchayat in the recently held Panchayat polls. 

On March 13, the winning candidate was taking out a victory procession in the village. When the procession was passing in front of Ramakant’s house, a few supporters allegedly passed comments on the former, who was sitting outside his house then. 

Exasperated at this, Ramakant scolded his wife over her decision to contest the elections. 

Matters turned ugly when Sumati consumed poison and became serious. Seeing her condition, a traumatised Ramakant hanged himself to death. 

After preliminary treatment, Sumati was shifted from Bhadrak DHH to the SCBMCH. While undergoing treatment, she succumbed today. 

“We were informed today morning that she had suffered a heart stroke last night. On hearing this, we came rushing to the hospital only to hear that she was no more,” said Ratikant Parida, a relative of the deceased couple.