Bangalore, July 19: It might sound like a joke at the first instance, but a front page report by a daily supplement actually proved it. Superstition can also be a reason for suicide, at least in the case of 23 year old engineer Anand V H. Educated and established, he did not think twice before consuming poison on Thursday, just because a crow perched twice on his head the previous day.
He was found gasping for breath, froth coming out of his mouth, by his elder brother who came to check on him, worried why he was not receiving his calls. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared brought dead.
"He was very disturbed as a crow had sat on his head on Wednesday. He called mother and told her about it. My mother ran to the local astrologer who recommended visiting the Hanumantharaya Swamy temple, but that did not convince him," said V H Hampanna, elder brother of the deceased.
The boy, presumably, took the extreme step of suicide assuming ill fate. Even his office colleagues related how disturbed he was after the incident. Police are investigating the case as no poison bottle was found in the room. Experts say that he might have consumed the poison elsewhere and locked himself up on reaching home.
In popular belief, a crow perching on the head is considered an omen as it is considered the vehicle or 'vaahan' of Lord Shani, a much feared God for his ability to change fate.