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Powai suicide victim was depressed over performance in exams - The Hindu

MUMBAI, April 28, 2016


SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Had sent text messages to friends confiding fear of failure: police

A day after the daughter of a professor at IIT-Mumbai killed herself, the police have found out that she was under treatment for depression, and that she had sent text messages to her friends over the last few days that indicated she was under extreme stress over her performance in the final exams.

The victim, Saroja Nandyala, a Class XII student at the Kendriya Vidyalaya in the IIT campus, allegedly jumped off the terrace of the-14 storey building in the campus where she used to stay with her family. No suicide note was found on her person or in her house, the police said.

Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni, said: “We have found out from inquiries with Saroja’s parents that she had become extremely worried about her performance in the exams. She desperately wanted to secure admission to the JJ School of Arts. Her anxiety over her performance became so severe that she had to undergo treatment for depression, which had been going on for a month now.”

The investigating team, while checking Saroja’s cellphone, found several text messages she sent to her friends, expressing her anxiety. “All of the messages were negative in their tone, indicating a severely stressed and depressed frame of mind,” said an officer.

Her depression and anxiety is believed to have led her to take the extreme step, the officer added.

The Powai police have, for the time being, registered an accidental death report. Investigations so far have not thrown up any indications of foul play, the police said.

The Class XII student desperately wanted to secure admission to the JJ School of Arts