Zambian student’s suicide: ‘She was a loner, introvert’

Zambian student’s suicide: ‘She was a loner, introvert’

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Police believe that Muleya Zuka Syakavuba, a 20-year-old Zambian student of third year BA (economics) at St Xavier’s College here, who was found dead at her rented accommodation on Tuesday, was under depression and committed suicide due to “personal reasons”.

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Before hanging herself from a ceiling hook, Syakavuba had reportedly sent some messages and selfies to her boyfriend, who lives in Zambian capital city Lusaka. As Syakavuba appeared “depressed”, her boyfriend immediately called a doctor couple in Ahmedabad. They were considered close to Syakavuba.

The couple than contacted Meena Shah, owner of Syakavuba’s rented accommodation, who later discovered her body hanging in the room. Shah stays in Gurukul area, around 4 km from the paying guest accommodation.


“The reason for her suicide appears to be personal. When we investigated about her behaviour and social relations, we found that she had no conflict with anyone. Her body is still at V S Hospital for post-mortem. She did not leave any suicide note, except messages to her boyfriend,” said G S Bariya, inspector at the University police station.

B U Jadeja, ACP, B Division, said: “Her WhatsApp messages reveal that she had been chatting with her boyfriend a lot and was depressed. However, we can’t say what actually caused depression. It could be exams of the third year and her relationship.” He said Syakavuba’s brother would soon arrive in Ahmedabad from Zambia.

“ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) officials will receive her brother from airport,” said Jigar Inamdar, ICCR regional officer at Gujarat University.

When contacted, Syakavuba’s land lady Meena Shah said: “She was a loner. She never interacted with anybody here… but, we never expected such thing would take place.”

Principal of St Xavier’s College Father Robert D’souza said that he was shocked by Syakavuba’s death. “She was a bright student. I never thought that she will do something like this. She was an introvert and a loner… She was the only student from Zambia, so she was really feeling left out. Once she came to my office and said ‘Father I feel that nobody is appreciating me here’, and I told her to keep calm. She was a religious girl. Every Sunday she used to go Church. And she was a fantastic singer. I had advised her to meet Sister Mary James who is a counselor here, but she never met her.”

The doctor couple with whom Syakavuba appeared to be close could not be reached for comment.