Chandigarh: A 17-year-old girl on Tuesday committed suicide by drinking pesticide after she was allegedly scolded by her mother for reaching home late. The incident took place in Haryana’s Sonipat district.

The deceased left home in Kharkhoda town on Monday, in the absence of her family members. Later, when she came home late, she was scolded by her mother. “She returned home late on Monday. She was questioned and scolded by her mother after she returned. The girl later drank some pesticide and died late in the night,” a police official said.

Suspecting foul play, a local called up Jarot police chowki on Tuesday morning, Rajiv said. “A police team reached the cremation ground. The last rites were about to start. We made inquiries and found during a preliminary investigation that the girl drank pesticide and died as a result of that,” he said.

“However, we have sent the viscera for examination to Forensic Science Laboratory at Madhuban and if the cause of death turns out to be something else, then we will proceed further in the case as per law,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)