A first-year student at a medical college in Bhopal committed suicide in Betul on Thursday, leaving behind a mystery about why he killed himself. While Yash Pathe’s father alleged he was driven to suicide due to ragging, the college authorities say he was depressed because he had failed. A video is running viral on social media in which it can be clearly seen how he was beaten up by a belt by some seniors. However medical college in question denies all the allegations. The news has surfaced from Betul District of the state which is around four hours away from the capital city of Bhopal.
This is the second suicide by a medical student in three days – a PG student killed herself in Indore with an anaesthesia overdose, allegedly because she was disturbed by rising fees.
Yash was found hanging at his cousin’s house in Betul on Thursday morning. His father Prahalad Pathe, an alternative medicine practitioner, said that he had received messages and calls from his son two days ago, saying that he was beaten by seniors. “He was desperate to meet us. My family lives in Amla (about 40km from Betul town). Two days ago, he told me that a girl and four boys had been harassing him,” said Pathe, adding that Yash had filed a ragging complaint on the anti-ragging helpline a year ago.
“He told me that he was being ragged relentlessly and asked me to deposit Rs 10,000 in his account as the girl and her friends had accused him of theft,” said Pathe.
Asked if he tried to find out about the theft accusation, he said: “A girl called me to allege that Yash took money from her wallet. Yash told me that it was a false charge. Still, I deposited money in Yash’s account and asked him to come home soon,” said Pathe. Authorities of LN Medical College, however, said that Yash was under depression after failing in his exams. “He failed in the first year, so he cannot attend second-year classes. He was absent from college for several months,” said college owner Anupam Chouksey. Asked about the allegations of ragging, he said: “How could Yash be ragged when he was absent from class for several months? I can only say that we have not received any complaint from him.”
Betul Kotwali police have registered a case and are trying to find out what drove him to suicide. Betul additional SP Ghanshyam Malviya told TOI that police did not find any suicide note on the spot. “He was with his cousin in a rented accommodation. His body has been sent for post-mortem. We are yet to record the statement of his family,” said Malviya.