Three students in the city have committed suicide in 48 hours.
The most recent incident was reported on Monday morning when Sushant Patil (12), a Class 7 student of Shardhashram school in Dadar, was found hanging in the school toilet.
His teachers found Patil’s body after he went missing from the classroom.
School authorities said he had failed to clear four of the six subjects in the half-yearly tests. “But we don’t believe the suicide is related to his academic performance,” they said.
Ashok Unde, senior inspector at Dadar police station, said they were investigating whether the boy was influenced by a scene in 3 Idiots. “His parents told us Sushant had watched the movie twice,” Unde said.
On Sunday morning, 18-year-old Bajanjit Kaur hanged herself from the ceiling fan at her home in Powai.
Before committing suicide, Kaur, a first-year student of physiotherapy at D.Y. Patil Medical College in Navi Mumbai, wrote on the wall of her room: “I have to achieve my goal by securing good marks.” Kaur had failed to clear three subjects in her second semester exams.
On Saturday morning, Dombivli resident Neha Sawant (12) was found hanging from a dupatta tied to a window in the bedroom. Police said the motive for her suicide is not yet established but suspect her failure to get into a reality show could be a reason.
“Parents must understand that the age group from seven- to 18 years has low levels of tolerance and gets frustrated easily. It’s also when they respond strongly to humiliation and failure,” said Dr Shubhangi Parker, head of psychiatry department at KEM Hospital.