Less than a week after a 21-year-old student of Delhi University’s (DU) SRCC jumped to his death, Friday morning’s suicide of a bright scholar has come as a shock on campus.
Shashi Shekhar, who hanged himself on Friday, was a shy and reserved scholar who chose to end his life nine months after being honoured for displaying unmatched academic prowess.
Police said Shekhar’s cryptic suicide note had two sides to it: a requiem lamenting a broken dream and his admission that he felt it was akin to the ‘story of his (own) life’.
“He had everything going for him — his parents flew down to see him receive a gold medal for topping each year of his graduation on our Founder’s Day this February. He was a poet and very active in cultural activities,” said Nafis, a student.
According to police sources, Shekhar was romantically involved with a co-student who is pursuing her second year in Hindi Literature at the undergraduate level. She is being questioned.
“He was so reserved and kept to himself so much that he neither had many friends nor enemies,” claimed Anshul, another student.
“Sometimes, when arguments used to break out between two or more groups, Shekhar would simply choose to go to his books.”
“Shekhar was a very pleasant and helpful student. All his teachers and friends are shocked at what has happened. Everyone remembers him as a very conscientious person. He helped the first-year students with their studies. He had never complained of any problems and did not seem depressed,” said Pradyumn Kumar, principal, Hindu college.
According to Kumar, Shekhar spoke to his father around midnight and did not seem agitated at all.