Constant nagging by his wife over continuously chatting with his female friend on a web-based messaging app drove a 27-year-old man to allegedly commit suicide by allegedly hanging himself to death in his house on Saturday. The incident occurred in East Marredpally area of Secunderabad, police said on Sunday.

Upon receiving the information about his death, the man’s 19-year-old female friend also committed suicide by consuming toxic substance on the same day, a police official said.

The victim, K Shiva Kumar was an electrician by profession while the woman C Vennela was his childhood friend.

When Vennela learned about Kumar’s death, she got depressed and consumed toxic substance and died in a hospital on Sunday, police said.

According to police, Kumar had got married in August this year and the couple used to quarrel quite frequently over petty issues. Kumar’s wife used to rebuke him for continuously chatting over the messaging app.

A few days back, Kumar’s wife suspected that he was regularly chatting with a woman leading to a heated argument between them. Depressed over the frequent quarrels Kumar hung himself from a ceiling fan in his house on Saturday, police said.

When Vennela came to know about her childhood friend’s death, she consumed a toxic substance on Saturday when nobody was at home. One of her friends rushed her to a government hospital where she died while undergoing treatment in the early hours of Sunday, they said.

Two separate cases were registered by the police.

(With PTI inputs)