Two suicides within a span of an hour shook the IIT-Madras campus on Wednesday. The two suicides, however not related to each other, occurred inside the IIT-Madras campus. The first one was a assistant professor’s wife, the second a 34 year-old woman research scholar who allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room.
According to reports, physics assistant professor Ganeshan’s wife Vijayalakshmi committed suicide inside her quarters around 3 PM. An hour later, P Maheshwari, a post-doctoral research scholar was found dead hanging in Sabarmathi hostel. Police said the motive behind both taking extreme step was being probed.
Maheshwari’s friends found her body hanging in her hostel and informed the authorities. The police after initial probe said that Maheshwari was upset that her husband Pandiarajan was not visiting her in the hostel. While Vijayalakshmi, who hailed from Trichy and attempted suicide in past too, was worried about the health condition of her elder son.
“IIT, Madras, reports with deep sadness the death of a post-doctoral research scholar in the campus. The scholar’s family has been informed. The institute is taking necessary action and extending full cooperation to civil authorities,” IIT-Madras said in a statement. “The institute extends its deep felt condolences to the family and the near and dear ones of the scholar for the unfortunate, untimely and devastating loss,” it said without divulging any further detail. IIT-Madras had witnessed suicide of two students in September and October last year.