Class 12 boy dies by suicide at MBC hostel in K’giri

By Express press service

KRISHNAGIRI: A 16-year-old boy committed suicide at an MBC Boy hostel in Uthangarai on Saturday night. “The pupil from Thiruvannamalai district was studying in class 12 at a government upper secondary school for boys near Uthangarai and was staying at MBC Boy’s Hostel.

Out of 50 students, only 15 were present on Saturday. Among them, many students went to a nearby temple on Saturday night, and only three students were present in the hostel. Ramesh entered his room and was later found dead,” Ameer Basha, BC District, MBC and Minority Welfare Officer, told TNIE.

Basha added: ‘The student was staying in the Class 11 hostel and a few months ago he allegedly tried to kill himself but we were unaware of the issue. On Saturday evening, the cook had gone out to buy medicine and the hostel keeper went home, so two students picked up the body and informed the police.

The boy’s father filed a complaint at Uthangarai Police Station and an investigation is being opened by CB-CID. His body was sent to Uthangarai Government Hospital for autopsy. SP Saroj Kumar Thakur, Director of Education KP Maheshwari and District Child Protection Officer M Sivagandhi visited the scene to inquire about the matter.

Maheshwari told TNIE that suicide prevention advice will soon be given to students in hostels and schools. She interacted with a few students who said that Ramesh talked about suicide very often.
District Mental Health Program (DMHP) Nodal Officer and Psychiatrist S Gopi said suicide prevention counseling must be provided to students at the hostel, and in particular to students who handled the corpse.

The District Child Protection Officer, Mr Sivagandhi, said: “The safety of children in the hostel should be ensured by ensuring that hostel staff are always available at the hostel, when students need it.”

(To overcome suicidal thoughts, contact the state hotline 104 or the Sneha suicide prevention hotline 044-24640050.)

KRISHNAGIRI: A 16-year-old boy committed suicide at an MBC Boy hostel in Uthangarai on Saturday night. “The pupil from Thiruvannamalai district was studying in class 12 at a government upper secondary school for boys near Uthangarai and was staying at MBC Boy’s Hostel. Out of 50 students, only 15 were present on Saturday. Among them, many students went to a nearby temple on Saturday night, and only three students were present in the hostel. Ramesh entered his room and was later found dead,” Ameer Basha, BC District, MBC and Minority Welfare Officer, told TNIE. Basha added: ‘The student was staying in the Class 11 hostel and a few months ago he allegedly tried to kill himself but we were unaware of the issue. On Saturday evening, the cook had gone out to buy medicine and the hostel keeper went home, so two students picked up the body and informed the police. The boy’s father filed a complaint at Uthangarai Police Station and an investigation is being opened by CB-CID. His body was sent to Uthangarai Government Hospital for autopsy. SP Saroj Kumar Thakur, Director of Education KP Maheshwari and District Child Protection Officer M Sivagandhi visited the scene to inquire about the matter. Maheshwari told TNIE that suicide prevention advice will soon be given to students in hostels and schools. She interacted with a few students who said that Ramesh talked about suicide very often. District Mental Health Program (DMHP) Nodal Officer and Psychiatrist S Gopi said suicide prevention counseling must be provided to students at the hostel, and in particular to students who handled the corpse. The District Child Protection Officer, Mr Sivagandhi, said: “The safety of children in the hostel should be ensured by ensuring that hostel staff are always available at the hostel, when students need it.” (To overcome suicidal thoughts, contact the state hotline 104 or the Sneha suicide prevention hotline 044-24640050.)

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