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C/R: 10-year married couple commit suicide after failed attempts to have children

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Residents of Awutu Papaase No 2 in the Awutu Senya West Constituency of the Central Region are in a state of shock after a couple in the vicinity poisoned themselves over their inability to give birth after 10 years of marriage.

According to the police, preliminary investigations revealed that the couple took a poisonous substance due to pressure from family and friends to have children.

In an interview with Adom FM, Awutu Ofaakor District Police Commander, DSP Christopher Darkey confirmed the incident and said police “got a report from a man by name Godwin Adamu who said his relative, Nicholas Larbi, 34 and his wife, Sarah Asare, went to bed the previous night and as at 8:00am the following morning they were still not up. In the afternoon, they broke into the couple’s room and saw that the man had died but the wife was still alive.

“He said by the time the police rushed to the scene the couple had been sent to the Swedru Government Hospital. We tried to see if we could extract information from the wife but she was only able to tell us her name and she passed on,” DSP Darkey added.

He said an investigation revealed that the woman had conceived about seven times but lost the pregnancy due to different causes. DSP Darkey indicated that information they gathered revealed that the couple felt embarrassed after being ridiculed by some individuals due to their inability to have children and they concluded the best way to save themselves from the shame was to commit suicide.

DSP Darkey, therefore entreated couples not to allow society to give them pressure to produce offsprings after marriage.

Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com/100.5FM

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