Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pharmacy student commits suicide over ragging

 BHOPAL: Perturbed over ragging by senior students a second year bachelor of pharmacy (B Pharm) student of a private college, allegedly committed suicide at her house in Kamla Nagar on Tuesday evening. Deceased Anita Sharma, 18, stated ragging by seniors as the reason for her to take the extreme step in her suicide note.

 A case regarding abetment of suicide would be registered after investigation, the police said. The police have recovered a four-page handwritten suicide note and deceased's mobile phone from spot. In the first two pages of the suicide note, the deceased stated about torture by senior girl students of RKDF College where she studied while the second half of suicide note was dedicated to her family members. The deceased had started the note by stating that she was harassed by seniors, particularly four girl students for over a year.

When they continued to torture her even after she reached II year she was not left with any option but to end her life, the suicide note said. Anita has named other students, including her classmates, who were aware about the treatment being meted to her. Though she did not explain the exact incident that led her to take the extreme step, she mentioned that she was asked to do something objectionable, besides being asked to dance, sing and was repeatedly humiliated in front of other college students. She alleged that boyfriends of the girl students, who tortured her, were also harassing her and she had refused to share her mobile number with them.

 Anita, a resident of Jeevan Vihar near PNT Square, lived with her mother, two elder sisters, niece and brother here while her father Kamlesh Sharma, a liasoning officer with a private firm, works in Mumbai. The deceased, youngest in the family, had returned home in the afternoon and told her bother Hemant, an engineering student, that she was being tortured by her seniors in college. Hemant advised her to talk about it with their father so that he could take up the matter with the college authorities.

 Police said Anita's mother, Nirmala and sister Priyanka, a B Com student were in Jaipur to submit a form in Priyanka's college, while her eldest sister, Sarita had gone out for work when Anita committed suicide. After the conversation, Hemant left for market in the evening and Anita was at home with her niece Shruti, a minor girl. She apparently told Shruti not come to her room and allegedly hanged herself. Her body was noticed when Sarita returned home at 8 pm.

Police and her parents were informed. The post-mortem was conducted on Wednesday after her mother and sister returned from Jaipur and father, who was in Jabalpur in connection with some work, reached home. In her suicide note to the family, the deceased wrote to her parents that she loved them and asked her brother to make it big in life. Anita, whose birthday was to fall on August 15, also requested her parents to perform her last rites in a pink dress.

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