A young Egyptian couple committed suicide earlier this week after the girl's parents refused to allow her marry the man she loves. The couple, whose identities were not released to the media, died Monday evening in the Beheira Governorate.
After the parents' strong refusal, the young woman jumped off the balcony in her family home and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. After hearing of her death, the young man launched himself in the Mahmoudiya Canal and drowned.
The social stigma of suicide in Egypt is very high and therefore, many refuse to acknowledge it and the news are usually shoved under a rug. However, the news of the couple's death took Egypt by surprise and Arabic language and Egyptian newspapers are starting to opening report and discuss the issue.
"A young man and a young woman killed themselves in Beheira."