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IIT Bombay student jumps from 7th floor, suicide note cites depression

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: A 26-year-old postgraduate student from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Bombay battling depression allegedly committed suicide by jumping off from the 7th floor of the campus building.

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According to the police, the deceased, 26, was a second year master’s student. He allegedly jumped from the seventh floor of the campus building at around 4.30 am on Monday.

The watchman at the premises, who witnessed the incident, alerted everyone, following which the deceased was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, he was declared “brought dead”.

An officer from Powai police station said that the deceased was undergoing treatment for depression. “We have been told that he was depressed for a while and was also seeking treatment. He has also left a message in his room that no one was responsible for his death,” the officer added.

“The student had written a message on the board in his hostel room which shows he was undergoing treatment for depression. Further investigation is underway,” senior inspector Budhan Sawant said.

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Darshan Malviya, who was from Madhya Pradesh, was pursuing a post-graduate course at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology from last July. His family members have been informed about his death, the official said.

The police have registered a case of accidental death, Mr Sawant said.

The Powai police have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating to ascertain whether there was any foul play.

The number of students dying by suicide is high in central universities and colleges including IITs and IIMS. Over 100 students had died by suicide in top educational institutes since 2014, Union Minister of Education had informed Lok Sabha. According to the data shared in Parliament, as many as 122 students had killed themselves of which most were from central universities (37). IITs are second with 34 students dying by suicide since 2014. Among IITians, as many as 13 students were from OBC and five from the SC category, according to government data.

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