Did the Burari Family Really Have Ties With a Suicidal Cult?

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Did the Burari Family Really Have Ties With a Suicidal Cult?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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unday morning’s alleged suicides of 11 people in Delhi is a bit of a shocker, even with the capital’s appetite for horror. An entire joint family, consisting of matriarch Narayani Bhatia, her two sons and their wives, her daughter, and her five grandchildren, were all found dead in their Burari flat. The entire family had hanged themselves, while Narayani herself showed signs of having been strangled, leading the police to launch a murder investigation.

In a strange and terrible twist, police found a diary at the scene, filled with elaborate religious instructions on achieving redemption in death. While suspicions are running rife at the moment, it wouldn’t be the first time a group of people have been brainwashed into mass suicide by religious ideas of eternal salvation.

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