Policemen outside Preeti’s residence in Bokaro on Monday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
A 17-year-old Bokaro schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide at her Sector III residence in the heart of the steel town on Monday.
Preeti Kumari, who used to study in Class XI of Saraswati Vidya Mandir, was apparently depressed over her mother’s death two years back.
On Monday, she did not attend school and while her father, an employee of Bokaro Steel, was away at work, she used a rope to hang herself from the ceiling fan of her room at quarter No. 109 around 3pm.
Four of her younger siblings were playing in another room. However, police did not find any suicide note.
“Preeti told me in the morning that she didn’t want to go to school as she was unwell. She also served me lunch after which I left for work around 2pm. Around one-hour-and-a-half later, I got a call that she is dead,” said her father S.K. Singh.
He said Preeti, the eldest of his five children, went into depression after her mother died and had withdrawn herself into a shell.
“She was an excellent sprinter and loved sports. She wanted to become a college lecturer. But her personality underwent a sea change after her mother passed away two years back. She became an introvert,” Singh added.
According to police sources, after seeing off her father, Preeti also served food to her siblings. Thereafter, she asked them not to disturb her and went inside her room.
Around 3.30pm, her sister Guddi went to call her. When Preeti did not reply despite repeated knocks, she peeped inside the room and found her hanging from the ceiling.
The girl raised an alarm. Neighbours rushed in and brought down the body. A doctor was also called, who declared her dead.
“We have lodged an unnatural death case and have started investigations to find out how the girl died,” said officer-in-charge of city police station R.K. Singh.