This is exactly what happened. The attempted suicide did not work, and the father has confessed to killing his children.
I have personally known of instances where the wife went to the Middle East never to be heard from again. The father has had to bring up the kids by himself with great difficulty and with much ostracism from the village too!
Sri Lankans are NOT equipped to deal with the social problems caused by sending their especially women folk to the Middle East for jobs. The remittance from the mother is the MAIN source of income for the family, that is why she went there!
From a simple unsophisticated background, having to confront another world, where many are lonely, it is easy to fall prey to other associations with the opposite sex, willing or unwillingly. The men folk who send their wives MUST understand the possibility can become a reality and unless they are mentally equipped to cope with that they must be careful when the collective decision is made for the mother to leave in the best interests of the family.
As a society Sri Lankan men are extremely psychologically immature, more than women, and I blame this mainly on society and the mothers of these men. They do not explain the facts of life as they should know it. Men are generally led to believe certain sureties about their wives that turn out to be untrue!
The children in the above case were both under 7. I believe there is a rule to prevent mothers leaving if the kids are under 18 and as I understand this mother only left a year ago, after the rule was adopted.
Who permitted the woman to leave, and what incorrect statements did she give to the authorities before she left? We as a society MUST take some collective responsibility in this tragedy rather than just blame it on the father and be done with it. He is likely to spend a long part of his life, if not life in jail, as he is not one with the wherewithal to find a good lawyer to fight his case, as manslaughter with diminished state of mind.
Let us take steps to reduce the likelihood of such tragedies occurring in future.