IIT Kanpur student hangs self, commits suicide

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A third-year Ph.D. student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself to the ceiling fan in his hostel room on Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as Bheem Singh, said the SSP, Akhilesh Tomar.

No suicide note was found, however, authorities recovered a torn letter from the site.

Deputy Director of IIT Kanpur, Manindra Agarwal said the letter is in possession of the forensic team.”

After Singh went missing for a day, students noticed that his room had been locked for a long time. They knocked but there was no response. Students then informed the authorities and broke the door only to find his body hanging from the fan, said Mr. Agarwal.

The authorities informed the police who came and did a preliminary investigation.

The parents of the deceased were informed, the body will be sent for autopsy once they arrive, said the SSP.

Singh’s friends told the police that he was under severe stress.

A year ago, concerned over the increasing number of “campus suicides”, the IITs across the country decided to have wellness centers, to help students deal with stress.

During a meeting of the IIT council, the coordination body for 23 IITs across the country, the education minister, Prakash Javadekar, had said, “All IITs will now have wellness centers to help students deal with mental stress due to high academic and peer pressure. They will offer remedial courses. For freshers joining IITs, there will be an induction programme which will help them adjust to the atmosphere at the Institute besides other things.”

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