Karnataka girl hangs herself in IIT hostel

An 18-year-old BTech first semester student of IIT Guwahati, from Karnataka, allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday morning by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in her hostel room.

By Sumir Karmakar in Guwahati
  • Published 13.09.18
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Guwahati: An 18-year-old BTech first semester student of IIT Guwahati, from Karnataka, allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday morning by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in her hostel room.

Police said a note they found in her room, after breaking it open around 10am, said she never wanted to study engineering and could not live up to the expectations of her family. The note said she wanted to be a teacher and could not cope up with engineering, the police said.

Nageswari S.C, who joined the mechanical engineering department in July, was preparing for her mid-semester exams from Saturday.

"She told her roommate that she was not feeling well and stayed back. Around 9.30am, when her roommate returned after her first class, she found the door locked from inside. Nageswari did not reply when her roommate called her repeatedly. After a few minutes, she informed the security desk. The officials peeped through the ventilator to find Nageswari's body hanging from the ceiling fan. They immediately informed us. Around 10am, we broke the door open and recovered her body," said a police officer at Amingaon police outpost, under which the institute is located in north Guwahati.

The girl was from Hosanagara in Karnataka's Shivamoga district.

"We have already informed her family and assisting police in its investigation. We are shocked and surprised by her step," said Labanu Konwar, assistant registrar (public relations). "She was quite tall and very good in volleyball and made it to the IIT team within a few days of joining our institute."

Konwar, however, said they were not aware about the note.

Asked if she had approached the IIT counselling cell or did they notice any signs of depression, Konwar said, "She had attended psychological counselling, which is mandatory for the new batch, but she did not tell her counsellor anything. We have a male and three women counsellors who are always ready to help the students."

Saathi counselling centre of the IIT, set up in 2010, has a helpline number (8486814024) for anytime assistance. Most of the students who visit the centre complain of depression when their cumulative grade point average score is low, homesickness or other problems.

Nageswari, however, did not visit the centre after compulsory counselling in July, neither did she use the helpline number.

The centre has catered to over 6,000 students since its launch. The 700 new entrants, who take admission every year, are provided compulsory counselling.