1st-year AIIMS student found dead in hostel
Depressed over repeated failures in his exams, a first-year MBBS student at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room early on Sunday.
Son of a farmer, Anil Kumar Meena (22) from Pipliya Chowki village, Baran district in Rajasthan, was found hanging in his room in hostel six by his friends on Sunday morning. Meena was immediately rushed to the emergency at AIIMS where he was declared brought dead.
"Kumar had failed in the first year exam as well as internal examinations. He had also low attendance and was not promoted. He also had problems in following lectures in English," said Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (south).
The police said when his friends did not hear from him in the morning, they called the security guard to check. The guard open the wired net covering a small ventilator above the door and found him hanging.
"No suicide note was recovered from him. We are asking about him from his friends and college staff," she said. Meena was the eldest of four brothers and his family has been informed.
"The deceased was allegedly under depression. He also apparently had psychiatric problems," said Dr YK Gupta, AIIMS spokesperson who was out of Delhi on Sunday.
A classmate, who wished to remain anonymous, said, "He was a loner, who did not often mingle with people. He had been very upset from the past few days and was not talking to anyone."
"Even yesterday night, he was very low and kept sitting at his desk till late in the night. He last spoke to some friends at 2am and then went to his room," the student added.
Following the suicide, on Sunday evening, over 200 students gathered at the lawns of AIIMS director Dr RC Deka's residence demanding his immediate resignation.
"Anil Kumar was facing difficulty in his studies. He had approached the director's office several times to discuss his problems but to no avail," said another student, requesting anonymity.
"The administration's responsibility doesn't end with the admission of a student. There are several students who come to AIIMS from various states, various backgrounds. There is a definite need for regular counselling of young students," said an angry student, holding the picture of the deceased.
"Let alone counselling, there is no place to address basic grievances. There will be more suicides, if the administration does not learn its lessons," he said.
Meanwhile, AIIMS hostel superintendent HS Dash said an internal enquiry committee had been constituted to look into the incident. "The committee will meet tomorrow. Only after that we will be able to say anything,” he said.