In a first-of-its-kind incident at Panjab University, a 21-year-old girl student jumped off the sixth floor of Savitri Bai Phule Hall (hostel number 5) on the campus on Wednesday.
MSc ( biophysics) secondyear student Divya, a resident of Rupnagar, fell on her face around 10.30am. A suicide note was found near her body which she was apparently holding in her hand and i t mentioned about another note in her hostel almirah.
In the second note, she blamed herself for some “wrong things” and did not hold anyone responsible for the extreme step. It read, “I believe in Lord Jesus. I have committed some wrong things. My parents are the best in world.”
Divya was staying at PU for the past two years. The victim was an inmate of Mata Gujri Hall (hostel number 1), but had walked down to Savitri Bai hostel to end her life.
The police said they were trying to ascertain the reasons behind the extreme step taken by the student. Divya chose to jump from hostel number 5 because it had six floors, while hostel number 1 had just two floors. Divya left her hostel around 9.50am and reached the hostel number 5 to meet a friend whose room she found locked. Divya then went to the sixth floor and jumped off.
The police said no one saw Divya taking the extreme step and her body was sighted by other students. The university security was informed and Divya was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, in an unconscious state, but she later succumbed to her injuries. A team of Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) reached the blood-spattered spot and collected samples. They also visited Divya’s room in hostel number 1 with the police authorities.
The suicide note which was in Divya’s hand was found near her body. In the note, she had mentioned that her parents and pastor should be contacted after her death. She had also written that her almirah should be checked in her hostel room for another note. She also mentioned the number of her roommate.
The police searched her room and found another suicide note, along with laptop, mobile phone, bills, notes and a lot of books.
In her note, she also mentioned that her elder sister, Akhilesh, should be encouraged to become an army officer. Divya also mentioned about Pastor Mahendra Peter and asked her parents to meet him once because he was a nice man. The police matched the handwriting of Divya on both suicide notes.
The police have initiated inquest proceedings in the matter. Nine suicide shave been reported from the city in the past two months. In June, four persons ended their life and in May, five persons took the extreme step.
I’LL BE BACK SOON, SHE HAD TOLD ROOMMATE
Divya’s roommate Ravija said, “I am shocked over the incident as she was with me just an hour back. Divya got up around 9am and left the hostel around 9.50am. Divya was sleeping when I went to have my breakfast and she had just awakened when I returned. I asked her to have her breakfast. In the meanwhile, Divya changed her clothes. On asking her where she was going, Divya replied post office. I went to the next room for a while where Divya came to hand over the room keys to me. While going Divya said ‘ mein jaa kar aati hoon (I will be back soon)’, and within half an hour I got the shocking news.”
Divya’s parents Ramesh Mohan and Kamlesh Rani, both retired teachers, were inconsolable. Ramesh said, “We are shocked and have no hint why was she upset. She had visited us on Friday. She was the youngest and most brilliant of my five daughters.”
In tears, Kamlesh said Divya never shared what was her problem.
Pastor of New Life Church, Sector 24, Mahendra Kumar Peter said , “Divya came to the church on Sunday, but she never mentioned that she was unhappy. She had been coming here once in a while for the past two years.”
‘SHE DIDN’T SHOW ANY SIGN OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM’
Divya’s teachers and friends were shocked to know about her taking the extreme step. They said she did not show any sign of psychological problem.
Hostel number 1 warden Kuljeet Kaur Brar said before leaving the hostel, Divya enquired about the breakfast. She had even made some notes with a date on it, what she used to do regularly.
Her teachers recalled Divya as charming and bright student and said she behaved absolutely normal. “She showed us her final dissertations on Tuesday and said she would submit the final report within two days,” recalled biophysics department chairperson Ashwani Koul.
He said Divya had topped in MSc first-year by securing 72% and her studies were about to complete in a few days.
One of her friends said Divya shopped for kids of one of her sisters on Tuesday.