A 19-year-old girl student of the Sri Ramachandra University committed suicide at the college hostel on Monday evening. Police arrested a hostel mate on Tuesday, charging her with abetment of suicide (Section 306, IPC).
Sources in the SRMC police in Porur said K. Yogalakshmi (19), a native of Kancheepuram, in her second year of BSc Emergency and Trauma Care course, was found hanging inside her hostel room by her college mates around 6 p.m. on Monday.
“We recovered a suicide note in which she had stated that she was taking the extreme step after being repeatedly tortured by her senior Kotteshwari (21), a third year student,” said an investigating officer, SRMC police station. Preliminary probe by police revealed that Kotteshwari was angered by her former boyfriend’s interest in Yogalakshmi, and began to harass her.
Speaking to reporters outside the Government Royapettah Hospital mortuary on Tuesday, Yogalakshmi’s parents Kamalakannan and Komalavalli stated that their daughter had told them that she had complained to university authorities against her senior. “Even last week she complained to me of being locked up in the toilet by her senior. Pushed too far, my child committed suicide,” Ms. Komalavalli said. According to Sri Ramachandra University sources, Kotteshwari was placed under suspension after police action was initiated against her. A suicide prevention helpline can be reached at 04424640050.