A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student committed suicide by hanging himself to a ceiling fan in the common area of the university’s School of Language library.
The incident took place on May 17, 2019. The police were informed about the incident at around 12 pm by a professor who received a suicide note in his e-mail. Rishi Thomas from Mahi Mandvi boys hostel has been identified as the deceased. He was an MA second-year student at JNU. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital but the doctors declared him brought dead, said a senior police officer.
The Police reached at the School of Languages at the varsity after contacting the caller, the in-charge of Mahi Mandvi hostel. Devender Arya, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, South West Delhi said that they found him in a room in the basement of the library building, locked from within and there was no response whatsoever on knocking the door. The body was recovered in a state hanging from the ceiling fan.
In an official statement released, the university has expressed its “deep condolences at the untimely demise of the MA student in one of the academic buildings of the university”. As per the preliminary investigation, there is no evidence of any foul play whatsoever.
This is a second such incident witnessed in the last few days. On 30th of April, a Ph.D. scholar of the Indian Institute of Science named Ameya Manoj Chutke had committed suicide. The police based on the investigation had learned that he was suffering from Depression. He was seeking treatment at NIMHANS along with a hospital on the IISc campus.
College students are an extremely vulnerable group of individuals susceptible to depression and other mental health ailments. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), India has one of the highest student suicide rates in the world. Hence each and every university must focus on setting up counseling centers whilst offering every possible help for the students.