Denied a two-wheeler she wanted, a 14-year-old Jamshedpur girl tried to kill herself around midnight on Saturday.
The Class IX student of a Telco school was upset that her parents scolded her when she asked for a scooter for her birthday on August 23. In a fit of rage, she swallowed a handful of tranquilisers that had been prescribed for her mother.
The girl was rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital, complaining of nausea and dizziness on Sunday morning.
When The Telegraph tried to speak to the teenager in the hospital, she confessed that she attempted suicide by swallowing her mother’s sleeping pills. “All my friends have two-wheelers and I also wanted one for my 15th birthday. But instead of telling me that they would buy me the scooter, my parents scolded me and I was angry and upset,” she said.
She added that she knew how to ride a two-wheeler and had learnt to do so when she was only 10 years old.
“When my friends coming visiting me on their scooters I feel very dejected. I was expecting my parents to buy me one this birthday, but instead I was scolded and rebuffed,” said the girl.
Though the child’s father is a truck driver, her parents sent her to an English-medium school as they wanted to ensure a good education for her.
“In the morning I noticed my daughter lying on the bed and throwing up. When I tried to wake her up, she couldn’t even stand or speak,” said the girl’s mother, a housewife.
Suspicious, the housewife opened her bag to find her bottle of sleeping pills was empty. Realising that the girl had overdosed on tranquilisers, her parents rushed her to hospital.
The doctor on emergency duty said the girl was out of danger, but would be kept on observation.
Inspector of Sakchi police station Bhola Prasad Singh said they would record the girl’s statement once she was fit enough to talk.
“This is a case of attempted suicide. We will register a case after taking the girl’s statement,” said Singh.