VIA| Newlywed wife, 20, hangs herself after her Indian husband takes away her phone because she was always on Facebook and WhatsApp

  • Her husband said she spent too much time on Facebook and WhatsApp
  • He took her phone during a row, after which she locked herself in her room
  • When he later kicked down the door, he found she had committed suicide

A newlywed wife whose husband complained she spent too much time on social media hanged herself after he confiscated her phone.

The woman, identified only as a 20-year-old named Aparna from the Kerala region, became upset following a row with her husband about her constant use of Facebook and WhatsApp.

After he took her phone, she locked herself in her bedroom at their home and did not respond to family member’s requests to let them in.

The Times of India reported her husband, a lorry driver who was often away for long periods of time, then kicked down the door to find her hanging.

He was so upset at her death he attempted to end his own life, but was overpowered by relatives, the paper reported.

In July, an Indian couple forbidden to marry because of their different backgrounds attempted apparent suicide pact at India’s famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal.

Police said the pair were stable after they were discovered in a pool of blood in the grounds of the Taj Mahal.

Aseem Chaudhary, police deputy superintendent, said: ‘This couple, one of whom is a Hindu and the other a Muslim, tried to commit suicide at the Taj.

‘The girl cut her throat first followed by the boy.’

Marriage outside caste or religion still attracts strong censure in parts of India and can even lead to so-called honour killings, carried out to protect what is seen as family pride.

The Taj – India’s top tourist attraction – was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth in 1631.

It has attracted a string of world leaders and royalty including former US president Bill Clinton, while Princess Diana was famously photographed alone on a marble seat at the Taj in 1992.