A 19-year-old first-year undergraduate student of humanities at Indian Institute of Technology Madras allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room on November 8 in Chennai
The 19-year-old student of IIT-Madras, who allegedly committed suicide last week, was a topper in all her subjects except one. According to the police, "The student, a native of Kerala, was pursuing the integrated MA program at the institute." Initially, the Police are suspecting the student got depressed because of poor performance in examinations. They believe her low marks were the reason behind taking the dire step.
The deceased's parents alleged she wrote a note on her phone, naming a professor as the reason behind her suicide. "She scored the highest in other subjects and came second in only his (professor's) paper," the head of her department said.
This is the fifth suicide at IIT Madras in the last one year. A final-year Ocean Engineering student from Kerala's Palakkad had committed suicide in September this year. Earlier in January 2019, a first-year M Tech student and a native of Uttar Pradesh committed suicide in his room. Recently, a Ph.D. scholar from Jharkhand also committed suicide. In December 2018, Aditi Simha, an assistant professor at IIT, committed suicide in the staff quarters on the campus.