Deadly trend: Jalandhar on a suicide spree
It's shocking but true. In the last month alone, as many as 14 people committed suicide in the district, while two made unsuccessful attempts to kill themselves.punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2012 21:32 IST
It's shocking but true. In the last month alone, as many as 14 people committed suicide in the district, while two made unsuccessful attempts to kill themselves.
Almost all the victims came from good economic and educational backgrounds and most of them decided to take the extreme step over what would in hindsight appear to be rather trivial issues.
Surprisingly, college girls, professionals and married women from well-off families dominated this list. Six of the victims were in their twenties and six in the thirties.
A closer look at these cases reveals humiliation to be the recurring motive behind these suicides.
College student Shivali-who was humiliated publicly by a cop and some lensmen on August 30 after being found to be sitting in her male friend's car-ended her life within one hour of the incident.
The Class-7 student, and only 12-years old, Bhuvnesh Chaudhary, hanged himself from a ceiling fan reportedly after a scuffle with his classmates. "He was so vivacious and outgoing. We still cannot believe he ended his life this way," said a family member.
Ashok Kumar, a 58-year-old man from village Randhava Masandan-the only victim in the list of 14 who was above 36-years of age-consumed poison after he and his son were beaten up in a temple by the management committee members.
The 32-year-old accountant from Guru Nanak Pura, Vijay Sharma, ended his life after his former employer allegedly abused him.
Instead of combating the situation, Vijay left home early morning on August 14 and consumed poison.
Sanjay Sadana, 25, who was working with a private bank in Jalandhar, committed suicide by consuming sulphas tablets allegedly for not getting promotion.
Social media, which has become a rage among the youth, also ended up playing an direct role in claiming several lives.
Vishal Thakur, 21, a student of Dyanand Ayurvedic College, posted several times on the facebook that he wanted to end his life. In fact, before hanging himself on August 5, Vishal again posted on the social site that no one took his comments seriously.
Raksha Sharma, 20, an orphan who came from Jammu to study here in Mehar Chand Polytechnic College, hanged herself after a youth, Lovepreet, allegedly defamed her on the facebook. He posted obscene comments about her on the social site prompting her to end her life.
Similarly, Shikha Dhawan, 35, committed suicide after her husband Kapil Dhawan, living in South Africa, tagged the photograph of his girlfriend on the face book account of his daughter.
Then there were those who ended their lives due to domestic disputes.
Akanksha Malhotra, 30, a teacher in Apeejay college, jumped in a canal after some dispute with her husband and in-laws.
A much respected figure among her students, Akanksha's decision shocked and bewildered her students who even resorted to protests claiming she was murdered.
Balpreet Kaur, 24, of village Kot Kalan, committed suicide after her parents refused to marry her to the boy she loved. She was married seven months ago to a Ropar-based boy against her wishes. Around one month ago, she came back to her parents' home. Then on August 26 she hanged herself.
Renuka, 28, a Phillaur resident, set herself ablaze after allegedly being harassed by her husband. Geeta of Nurmahal also committed suicide after a dispute with her husband. Pradeed Kumar from village Nurpur ended his life after a fight with his brothers over parental property.
Jasbir Kaur, 36, committed suicide after an argument with her sister-in-laws over money. She wanted her share from the money her husband had sent from abroad.
Teacher's family says it wasn't suicide
The family of Akanksha Malhotra, whose body was fished out of a canal on August 18, has demanded a high-level probe into her death. In a letter written to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, her siblings have accused her husband and in-laws of murdering her for dowry.
Akanksha, 30, a teacher in Apeejay school, had allegedly committed suicide after a dispute with her husband and in-laws. She belonged to Pathankot and was married in Jalandhar. The sister and the brother of Akanksha have claimed that she was tortured by her in-laws and had not committed suicide.
Her body was recovered on the outskirts of Pathankot at village Dheriwal. In the letter, the siblings have accused the Jalandhar and Pathankot police of not taking any action against the accused.