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Updated: September 19, 2013 09:53 IST

Girl jumps to her death from Gemini flyover

Vivek Narayanan
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The spot at Gemini Flyover in Chennai from which a 26-year-old girl fell to her death on Wednesday.
Vivek Narayanan The spot at Gemini Flyover in Chennai from which a 26-year-old girl fell to her death on Wednesday.

Sources suspect love failure as the cause for the 26-year-old's suicide.

A 26-year-old girl ended her life by jumping from Gemini Flyover in Chennai on Wednesday at 4 p.m..

Anjali Das from Kolkata was working in a beauty parlour. She has been living in the city for the past eight years and is the eldest of eight children.

According to her brothers, Anjali is divorced and has a five-year-old child. They added that she allegedly had an affair with a man named Bhuvanesh.

Around 4 p.m., police noticed her walking along the Gemini flyover and repeatedly asked her to move away from the edge. Police said that she was on the phone when she jumped.

Sources suspect love failure as the cause for her suicide. A youngster dressed in a blue T-shirt and black pants was spotted next to her body in an attempt to revive her after her fall, say eye witnesses.

The Teynampet police have picked up the man 26-year-old Anjali Das had been close to, for inquiries. “He is believed to be the man who was seen reviving her near the flyover. He told us that they had had a fight recently. We will investigate further,” said a police officer.

Speaking to The Hindu, Anjali’s brother Ravi said the family hailed from Kolkata. Their father, Shambu Das, died two years ago, while their mother, Rekha, was still in Kolkata.

The siblings moved to Chennai around 10 years ago and lived in Kodambakkam

“Anjali married Dinesh some years ago, and they have a five-year-old daughter. Anjali was working at a salon in T. Nagar. Recently, she and her husband divorced, and the child is now with our mother in Kolkata,” Ravi said.

Ravi said Anjali had been interested in another man for the past few months. “The man had approached me and asked for my sister’s hand in marriage. But I did not want to interfere in her personal life,” said Ravi, breaking down in tears.

Colleagues at her workplace said Anjali was a cheerful person and was always very polite. However, she had recently been asked to leave.

“She had been with us for a long time. But recently, we had to dismiss her, as she had not been regular to work,” said a senior staff member.

She said Anjali had been coming in late for some time and had also been taking a lot of leave.

“Sometimes she used to sit alone and cry. She used to have cut marks on her hands and sometimes, burns too. She said she had inflicted them on herself. We suspected she had suicidal tendencies,” she said.

Another colleague said they would visit Anjali’s family and offer their condolences on Thursday.

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May her soul rest in peace...

from:  Analyst
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 22:20 IST

The girl's absenteeism, crying tendencies, and tardiness are all pointers to
depression and mental illness. I cannot believe that after they noticed the cuts on her
wrist, the people at the parlor didn't get her checked in at a hospital. This was
completely preventable. I'm in shock that there are so many suicides in Indian cities
but so little help for these people from mental health professional.

from:  Kalpana Mohan
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 20:39 IST

It is very unfair to make judgement call before a investigation has
happened. How can we start debating on love affair, society, suicide etc
when we do not have a full investigation report. Everyone gets so many
trouble in life. If it was a suicide then there may be hundreds of
reasons other than LOVE. So lets not jump into conclusion till
investigation is complete. Such judgemental conclusions and comments
hurts the sentiments of the people involved

from:  jaikumar
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 19:14 IST

I am saddened that my newspaper of 35 plus years carries such
irresponsible stories. Death is a tragedy - why sensationalize it? Why
not accord a person the dignity after death, instead of writing stuff
like "love failure", and going into gory details of the departed's
personal life? As someone who has been reading your newspaper for so
long, I feel let down by the journalistic standards of this story.

from:  Rama goutharaju
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 15:55 IST

Cinema, Education, younger generation takes the blame for this if we look at the comments what we received here!No one blamed the SOCIETY! That is the culprit here, though we don't know the exact reason for this tragedy. How many of us would allow their children to have a love marriage, choose a companion of his/her own, this rotten culture and society we live in won't allow that, and we are the society! Our culture is great, we are the best, we are the oldest,this is what we always say and fool ourselves and others. We are divided in the name of Religion, Language, caste etc., etc., what is there to be proud of? We treat our Children like bonded labourers, thrust our opinion and ideas on them, they are bonded to us in the name of Religion, language, caste and the so called dignity of the family, and most of them sacrifice everything for the sake of the family and Society! This cycle is going on for a long time. Many asian countries have changed their thoughts and are developing socially, but alas we can't see further than Pakistan and the religion they follow, that has installed hatred in our society. Take the example of Indonesia, the largest populated Muslim country in the world. 90% of the marriages are love marriages. One can even tease a girl/boy decently, you may tell a girl , ' you are beautiful' or 'would you like to have a cup of coffee with me', the girl may accept or say no, if she says no, the guy has the decency to say 'I am sorry'. There ends the matter, no one is hurt! There is no separate seats for women in bus, there are muslim schools but most of the schools are co education one. Eve teasing cases are less there, because we have given a new definition for 'Eve Teasing' in India, even if a boy talks to a girl then that may be termed eve teasing by our society. Don't you think we are putting too much pressure on the younger generation? Most of the rapes what happens here too is because of the so called great culture and Society we live in. How many of us would change? I did not give an example of western or American culture, I just gave an example of an Asian Muslim country! Treat your children as human beings, realise that they too have a life of their own, most of the problems in India would be solved. How many of us are ready for that? The more, the numbers who accept, the society will change automatically, because WE are the society.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 13:34 IST

Just read some ignorant comments. Nobody mentioned anything about mental health and bombarded their suggestions. Tells a lot about general awareness about mental health in our country. Only treatment and therapy would have saved her.
The girl dealt with depression, self-injury, and probably some personality disorder. She was quite like myself.
If there is anybody out there in trouble like her and is reading this, please, go and get help. See a psychiatrist. Don't go to any baba or 'spiritual' guru. Depression is a medical illness (chemical imbalance in brain). Get it cured and save yourself.

from:  Aryan Mishra
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 11:16 IST

Wel said Prasan ! Schools and colleges teach students to score marks
and get good jobs, there was not even a single subject in my 15 years
of academic about Emotional Intelligence, Indian people yield to
emotions very easily, We are not taught face challenges in our
lives,thats the reason y foreign countries are growing using our
talents and our country still got people struggling for the basic
needs,human life is costly, lets not waste the small life given to us,

from:  ZAHEER
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 10:33 IST

Please don't jump to conclusions - we dont know what she was going
through and we don't know what was going on in her mind.

from:  Kat
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 09:25 IST

That's why our ancestors built a system of self-discipline (not moral policing) and spiritual strength. Nowadays people are caught in the vagaries of the mind and taking their own precious life and sometimes others too!
It's time we use intelligently current system of education minimally for survival and our oriental education of LIFE for having a deep character aand Strength

from:  Ghajabiram
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 09:23 IST

The spiraling rise in the number of young people committing suicide is a
matter of grave concern. Young Indians are finding it difficult to cope
up with peer pressure and societal demands. Can we tell our dear & near
ones how valuable they are to us ? Can young Indians realize that there
is more to life than the material comforts we enjoy? True love is
unconditional. We need to learn to face the difficulties of the journey
called LIFE.

from:  C D Kuruvilla
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 08:25 IST

Be it schools or universities, children and young generation are denied their basic life skills learning. For that matter our neighboring countries are far ahead if seen how much importance is given to develop social skills.

Education in India is purely to generate graduates of academics. The purpose is to get jobs or get self employed. There is no such a thing called moral values, social and life skills. Pathetic.

from:  Prasan
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 07:36 IST

Being a woman in India is a crime nowadays. Men respect, love and take
care of their parents but every other woman is unimportant for him, this
is how our society is becoming.

from:  jyoti
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 06:44 IST

Blaming the cinema for all the ills of the society is not a good thing. If the cinema
has influenced people, then there is movies preaching good things that are to be
followed in life, movies like Pasamalar, Punnagai etc., to name a few, shows the
way. It is the mindset of the people that is to be blamed.

from:  V. Sethuraman
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 03:13 IST

Let me get this straight. Police told her to not go near the wall but didnt stop her from jumping!!!

from:  vijay
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 00:31 IST

Cinemas effects . This type of love failure suicide . Parents always watch the activities.this is only solution

from:  V.suryanarayanan
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013 at 18:26 IST

Very sad that such thing are happening in Chennai. Schools and colleges
please teach life also. Cinema's also please show positive things in
life. Best avoid cinemas. Start reading books, develop good hobbies
be it music, dance, etc.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013 at 17:35 IST
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