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Thursday, June 16, 2011

96 - 18th Jan 2011 - Personal reasons behind IIT student’s suicide: report

Kanpur, Jan 18 (Agencies): IIT-Kanpur student Madhuri Sale, who committed suicide in the campus, took the extreme step owing to personal reasons, a three-member committee probing her death said on Tuesday.

The Fact Finding Report, submitted this evening, however, did not divulge details of any specific reason for the suicide of the final year BTech student in civil engineering.

"Madhuri Sale, had committed suicide on November 17, 2010, because of reasons which were entirely personal," an IIT statement said.

Sources in the institution said that Sale was in love with one of her classmates and disappointment in the relationship may have led to her suicide, a claim that IIT authorities have not commented upon.

The committee also suggested a slew of measures to keep in check student suicides in the campus, including promoting an 'open space' for more interaction among students to share their problems and appointing a woman counsellor in the couselling cell for girl students.

IIT-K Registrar Sanjeev Kashalkar said that a separate woman counsellor was already there in the campus.    

The 'open space' concept would be looked into, he said.

Sale's suicide came to light when her friends suspected something wrong as she did not respond to repeated knockings. When they peeped inside her room, they found her
hanging.