A 16-year-old girl at Lunga Day Secondary School in the Northwestern Province district of Mwinilunga, Zambia, committed suicide after being suspected of stealing her mother’s three new underwear.
On Saturday, January 30, Agness Katenga is reported to have sneaked out of the house about 8 pm after she was beaten by her mother, Lucy Kayombo, for the suspected theft and hanged herself on a mango tree.
A statement released by the Northwestern Province Police said Agness was distressed by the accusation. They visited the scene and found no foul play, police said.
Meanwhile, on Monday afternoon, speaking to local media in Mwinilunga, a family source said the pants were later found in the mother’s luggage.
According to the source, on Wednesday last week, the mother of the deceased bought the panties, placed them in a suitcase, then forgot because she was occupied.
the family source said;
“When she wanted to wear one of them, she searched in four other bags except for the other old suitcase and found nothing. So she decided to call her daughter, whom she then accused of having stolen her new underwear. When she denied it, the mother beat her up. The girl got annoyed and later hanged herself in a mango tree at night.”
The source said after police officers retrieved the corpse, all Lucy’s bags were checked by other female relatives and found the three fresh panties in an old suitcase.