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Denied an iPhone, 14-year-old kills himself in Nalanda

The boy hung himself from the ceiling with his mother’s sari at his Biharsharif home after his father, a roadside fruit vendor, could not afford to buy him an iPhone on which he had set his heart.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2017 00:45 IST
Avinash Kumar
Police suspect peer group pressure to own an iPhone led the boy to commit suicide.
Police suspect peer group pressure to own an iPhone led the boy to commit suicide. (HT representative image)

In a shocking incident, a 14 year old boy hung himself to death at his home in Nalanda Colony under Laheri police station of Biharsharif town in Nalanda district of south central Bihar, after his father allegedly refused to buy him an Apple iPhone of his choice.

He left no suicide note.

Police said the mother of the boy found him hanging from the ceiling with her sari tied round his neck, when she went to his room with a glass of milk, around 11 am of Thursday.

Inquiries revealed that the boy had been given a mobile phone worth Rs 8,000 by his parents last month but his heart was set on an Apple iPhone, which his father, Satyendra Prasad, a roadside fruit vendor, said he was unable to afford.

But the boy again insisted on buying an iPhone, which he had negotiated for Rs 20,000, when his parents took him to market on Wednesday evening, for purchasing for him a school bag. Again, his father tried to mollify him, by telling the boy he would buy him his preferred phone when he turned 17.

Police said the boy apparently took his father’s refusal very badly and killed himself, early Thursday.

Laheri police station house officer Mohammad Meraj Hussain, under whose jurisdiction the incident occurred, told HT that the body of the boy was handed over to his parents after its post-mortem examination Thursday noon.

The boy’s parents told the police their son was a bright student, but had, of late, developed a strong craving for an iPhone, apparently because owning one was regarded as a status symbol among his peers. “It is possible peer group pressure to own an iPhone may have driven the boy to suicide”, said an officer.

A quick internet search showed incidents similar to one in Nalanda on Thursday had been reported from other parts of the country, as well.

Earlier, in January this year, a 17-year-old, Class IX student, Subham Sen, had ended his life reportedly after his parents denied buying a smartphone for him. The boy hung himself on the first floor of his house at Sanjay Colony in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, 37 km from the state capital, Bhopal.

Also in January, apparently upset with his parents for denying him a smartphone, 14-year-old Pitla Lingamurthy, a ninth grade student from Raikal village, allegedly committed suicide in Jagtial district of Telangana, according to a report quoting the police.