Dr Madhu Honnaiah, 33, from Bangalore, injected himself with two drugs used in surgery after being compelled to part with his fiancee Dr Emma Wrighton.
LONDON: An inquest on Monday confirmed that an Indian doctor working at a Swansea hospital in Wales committed suicide because his parents objected to his desire to marry a British woman. A spokesman for South Wales police told TOI: "The incident occurred in April 201 and the inquest hearing took place last week."
Dr Madhu Honnaiah, 33, from Bangalore, who is an anaesthetist, injected himself with two drugs used in surgery after being compelled to part with his fiancee Dr Emma Wrighton, 32.
The coroner was told the heartbroken doctor killed himself after his parents objected to'cultural differences' between the pair.
The inquest also heard Honnaiah's parents refused to give their consent to his engagement to Dr Wrighton after she refused to have a Hindu wedding.
Honnaiah took his life seven months after the couple split. The relationship had begun in 2008 while the pair was working in Liverpoolin north-west England.
The two doctors got engaged in 2010, without Honnaiah informing his parents. Investigating officer Huw Evans told the inquest that Honnaiah was wary of telling his parents about the relationship because of their "cultural beliefs".
He added: "During a visit to Britain from India, his parents learned of the relationship and said they weren't happy about it.
It was said his parents wanted him to marry someone from his caste or from the Bangalore area of India where he grew up."
The inquest was told how a concerned Wrighton tried to phone her ex-fiance in the days before he was found dead. She travelled to Swansea to try to speak to Honnaiah at his home, but she was unable to find him at his apartment.
An eight-page hand written letter left behind made it clear Honnaiah intended to take his own life.
Coroner Philip Rogers said: "I think it is clear that the breakdown of this relationship with Dr Wrighton must have caused Dr Honnaiah great distress and worry." A spokesperson for the Singleton hospital where he worked said, "Madhu Honnaiah was a very promising young trainee doctor and we are very sorry to have lost him in such tragic circumstances."