Delhi: In a tragic incident, a 21-year-old first-year MSc student at IIT-Delhi committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in his hostel room in the wee hours of Friday, leaving behind a suicide note. The deceased mentioned in the suicide note that he took take the drastic step as he had been sexually abused in his childhood and was depressed because of that. The young man also wrote in the suicide note that paedophiles should be punished severely, police said. As per a Hindustan Times report, preliminary reports in the probe revealed that the man had tried to commit suicide two days ago as well.
Speaking on this, deputy commissioner of police (south-west) Milind Mahadeo Dumbere told Hindustan Times, “The deceased was a first-year student of IIT-Delhi. We received a call around 8am from the college that a student had committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room.” The officer said that the boy revealed in his suicide note that he had been depressed because of his childhood trauma and hence had taken the extreme step. While DCP Dumbre refused to detail the contents of the letter, another police official told the daily that the student mentioned that he had been sexually abused while growing up and though he had tried to move on, the “memories of his past” continues to “haunt him.”
Reportedly, the boy claimed in the suicide note that two of his elder cousins had abused him in the past and his ordeal only stopped when he made the move to Delhi. However, the boy said that he continued to blame himself even though he was a victim. The 21-year-old sought forgiveness from his family in the note, a police official added.
The boy’s elder brother said that he had tried to commit suicide on Tuesday as well by overdosing on sleeping pills, but was rushed to Safdarjung Hospital where he underwent treatment and was subsequently discharged. Police added that both the family and the institute did not disclose the boy’s condition to the cops.
The police are also reportedly seeking legal opinion to decide whether a sexual assault case could be registered in Delhi, on the basis of the suicide note.