KOCHI: Four members of a family were found dead in their house at Munambam in Kochi on Monday.
Antony, 45, a fish vendor, his wife Sabhaith, 43, daughter Ancy, 17, and son Prinson, 14, of Palliparambil House were found hanging from ceiling fans in the early hours of Monday.
Ancy and Prinson were students of St Mary’s High School at Pallippuram in Munambam.
A suicide note was found in Antony’s pocket. The Munambam Police have registered a case of unnatural death.
According to the police, the family had no debt.
The suicide note stated that the family decided to take such a drastic step due to harassment by neighbours. Njarackal Police officials said there was a mention about a woman in the suicide note.
“The suicide note said that the woman has been spreading rumours about Antony and that there were allegations that he had entered her house forcefully more than a year ago.
“The continuous harassment and allegations could have led to the suicide,” Njarackal Police Circle Inspector Joy said.
Meanwhile, relatives said there were hardly any signs of bitterness or sadness in the family. “They led a very happy life. Antony was very quiet and attached to his family,” said Nelson, one of the relatives.
The funeral was held at the Thirukudumbam Church in Munambam in the evening.