She would have turned 18 on Independence day. Her last wish was that she be dressed in pink when cremated. She hanged herself in her bedroom in an apartment complex for Life Insurance Corporation employees on Tuesday night, even as her nephew watched TV in the room beside her.

In her four page suicide note, she blamed her seniors-- female students of RKDF College of Pharmacy for humiliationg her during ragging-- for her extreme step. Police sources quoted her note to say that she was asked to sing and dance in the canteen and even give her mobile number. She refused, thereby inviting more ragging from her seniors. She wrote that teachers knew of the ragging but did nothing for one-and-a-half years.

Her sister and parents had planned to complain to authorities soon. They didn't expect her to take such a drastic step, neighbours said. "She told the boy not to enter the room as she had to wear a sari," said a neighbour. "When her sister came home, she found the girl hanging in her room."

In her letter she asked her parents not to mourn and said that she had left Rs. 2000 in saved pocket money for her younger brother, in her purse. RKDF's media head Ravi Khare did not respond to calls and text messages from this paper.

Last weekend, alleged ragging of a girl, led to a massive clash in Seva Sadan College, Burhanpur between dalits and non dalits. While four of the five accused have been arrested, the principal denied that ragging was the root of the conflict.