Bhopal medical student hangs self, father alleges ragging
TIMES Bhopal: A first-year student at a medical college in Bhopal committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul on Thursday. While Yash Pathe’s father has alleged he was driven to suicide due to ragging, the college authorities say he was depressed because he had failed.
This is the second suicide by a medical student in three days — a PG student killed herself in Indore with an anesthesia overdose, allegedly because she was disturbed by rising fees.
Yash was found hanging at his cousin’s house on Thursday. His father Prahalad Pathe, an alternative medicine practitioner, said he had received messages and calls from his son two days ago, saying he was beaten up by seniors. “Two days ago, he told me that a girl and four boys had been harassing him,” he said, adding that Yash had filed a complaint on the anti-ragging helpline a year ago.
“He told me that he was being ragged relent- lessly and asked me to deposit Rs 10,000 in his account as the girl and her friends had accused him of theft,” Pathe said.
Authorities of LN Medical College, however, said Yash was depressed after failing in his exams. “He failed in the first year and was not allowed to attend second-year classes. He was absent from college for several months,” said college owner Anupam Chouksey. Asked about the allegations of ragging, he said: “How could Yash be ragged when he was absent from class for several months? We have not received any complaint from him.”
Police have registered a case and are trying to find out what drove him to suicide. Betul additional SP Ghanshyam Malviya told TOI that police did not find any suicide note on the spot.