Disabled UP girl commits suicide in hostel room

Disabled UP girl commits suicide in hostel room

Lucknow: Anjali Yadav, a 26-year-old hard-of-hearing student, was reportedly found hanged in her hostel room on the campus of the Dr. Shakunatala Misra National Rehabilitation University (DSMNRU) in the state capital, Lucknow.

She was rushed to Lok Bandhu Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Anjali was a second-semester B.Ed. The students alleged that several B.Ed students, including Anjali, received low scores in a subject on the semester exam and requested a reassessment which was denied by university officials.

“Since all the girls in the hostel have speech impediments, they couldn’t call the university officials or raise the alarm. They tried to force the door open and succeeded after repeated attempts,” a waiter said in sign language.

He added that all the girls in the hostel were shaking and broke down as they shared how difficult it was for them to try and save Anjali. Previously fit students also lived in the hostel and helped their group mates with different abilities.

He said now only one student is living in a hostel room due to Covid-19. Therefore, even if a problem is encountered by the student with a disability, he must leave the room and seek help from students who do not have the same disability.

Chief Medical Superintendent of Lok Bandhu Hospital Ajay Shankar Tripathi said Anjali was brought dead to the hospital by university guards and students.

“We informed the police and the body was sent for an autopsy. At first glance, it appears to be a hanging case,” Tripathi added.

In 2018, a fourth-semester B.Ed student, Parul, committed suicide in the hostel.

Kakori Deputy Police Commissioner Aditya Vikram Singh said they were notified of the suicide by the university administration when no suicide note had been recovered.

“We also have not received any complaints from the university administration in relation to the incident,” he added.

Heavy police forces were deployed on campus to prevent any public order situation after several DSMNRU students staged a protest blocking the Mohan Road highway and demanding justice for B.Ed students.

They brandished slogans against the university administration alleging that in 2018 a student committed suicide in the girls’ hostel but no investigation was ordered.

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