Mumbai, Sept. 3: An 18-year-old girl apprentice working for a German company slit her wrists and hanged herself, leaving behind a suicide note that accused 10 colleagues of abusing and insulting her.
Her family in Nashik found the girl hanging from a ceiling hook, a dupatta tied around her neck and her wrists bleeding, on Sunday evening. She succumbed to injuries this morning.
Police in Nashik, about 170km from Mumbai, have arrested the 10 apprentices — six boys and four girls aged between 18 and 19 — that the victim had named in her suicide note.
They have been booked under Section 4 of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999, and Section 306 (abetting suicide) of the IPC. They have been remanded in police custody till September 7.
According to the police, the suicide note said the 10 colleagues had been “hurling barbs and abuses at her” ever since the girl joined as an apprentice about two years ago.
The girl’s father told journalists his daughter was bright and was selected by the company to travel to Germany for further training. He said her colleagues were jealous of her and subjected her to repeated harassment.
Senior police inspector Ramesh Yadav of Indira Nagar police station in Nashik said: “The company offers a three-year vocational training course for SSC-pass students. The girl had joined the course as an apprentice and would have finished her three-year course. We are still investigating the exact nature of the harassment she was subjected to, but we invoked the abetment to suicide section after she died.”
If convicted under Section 306, the 10 accused could face up to 10 years in jail. They could get a maximum sentence of two years if found guilty under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act.
The ten arrested accused have been identified as Bhooshan Paradeshi, Abhijit Bhor, Vishal Korade, Amit Pawar, Swapnil Sonawane, Shweta Shinde, Tejaswini Birari, Shubhada Kajale, Neha Sonawane and Harshal Patil.