Bhopal medical stu­dent hangs self, fa­ther al­leges rag­ging

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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.

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