Shivamogga: A class 12 student, identified as Meghasari (18), allegedly died by suicide on Monday by jumping off her college building. The incident occurred during her Biology exams at the Adichunchanagiri College of Sharavathi Nagar. While police initially suspect homesickness as a possible reason for the tragic act, the parents vehemently refuse to accept this explanation.
Meghasari, hailing from Channapura village in Davanagere district, took the extreme step while on the college premises. Seeking permission to use the washroom during her exams, she jumped off the building, leaving authorities and her fellow students in shock.
The bereaved parents, upon hearing the devastating news, rushed to the college. However, they were initially denied entry by the college authorities. Meghasari’s father, Omkaraiah, alleged that the college management, hostel warden, and lecturers were somehow involved in his daughter’s death. Despite paying a substantial fee of Rs 4.5 lakh, he faced resistance when attempting to enter the premises.
After a strong protest, the family was finally allowed in. A heated argument ensued between Meghasari’s parents and the college Principal, with accusations flying in every direction. The parents contended that their daughter’s death was not due to homesickness, contradicting the initial police suspicion.
As the investigation unfolds, authorities are grappling with the tragic loss of a promising young life. The circumstances surrounding Meghasari’s desperate act raise poignant questions about the mental health and well-being of students, shedding light on the need for a supportive and empathetic environment within educational institutions.
If you are feeling suicidal or have suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone and there is help available. You can call any of the following helpline numbers in India to talk to someone who will listen to you and support you.
- National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1800-121-3667. This is a toll-free number that provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones
- Aasra: 9820466726. This is a 24/7 helpline that offers non-judgmental and non-critical listening to anyone who needs emotional support
- iCall: 022-25521111. This is a helpline run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences that offers professional counselling, information and referrals to anyone in need of mental health care. It operates from Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 10 pm
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of these helplines if you are feeling suicidal. You are valuable and your life matters.
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