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Thursday, June 16, 2011

99 - 18th Feb 2011 - IIT-Kanpur student committed suicide due to personal reasons: Report-DNA

Published: Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011, 23:01 IST
Place: Kanpur | Agency: PTI

IT-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 today.

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 told Press Trust of India 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.

Police had to break open the door of the hostel room and take out her body. The news triggered panic on the campus and the girl's colleagues refused to say anything about the incident, which came at a time when examinations were on.