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St Valentine's Day death leap of lovers in forced marriage tragedy

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mobile-phone-tower-indiaTWO madly-in-love teenagers 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.

Against the wishes of her parents Mitu Molla, 16, had been the secret lover of 17-year-Soud Sheikh, for months.

But when the love affair was uncovered Mita's parents arranged for her to marry a man twice her age whom she had never met.

She and her lover Soud found life without each other so unbearable that they drew up a deathj pact and on St Valentine's Day the tragic pair were found at the base of a tall mobile phone tower in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.

Police inspector Sarojit Biswas investigating the deaths said: “The young couple were heartbroken.

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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