Husband helps out

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 December, 2004, 12:00am

An autorickshaw driver in Kerala has married his wife's lesbian lover to stop his wife committing suicide. Venu, 40, married Mangala 10 years ago and they have two children. But Mangala had also been seeing her lover, Ramlath, and recently threatened to commit suicide if Ramlath was not allowed to come and live in the marital home.

'[He] decided to marry Ramlath as his second wife,' a local policeman said. Kerala is known for the high number of suicides by lesbians unable to cope with social disapproval.