A 16-year-old juvenile undertrial accused of rape allegedly hanged himself from a ceiling fan inside a correctional home in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area Tuesday evening.
Delhi government Wednesday ordered a departmental inquiry into the alleged suicide. A Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board visited the observation home and took the statements of a few juveniles.
According to the police, the juvenile was facing trial for allegedly raping a woman in southwest Delhi’s Palam village. He was lodged in the correctional home on December 26 last year.
Police have found no suicide note. Initial investigation has revealed he was depressed for the last few months following the death of his father, said sources. He worried about who would take care of his mother, who is physically disabled, as he does not have siblings, added the sources.
“He was found hanging by the dormitory ceiling by other juveniles around 4 pm Tuesday. Later, the caretaker made a PCR call,” said a police officer. “Other juveniles were out, busy in recreational activities, but he stayed back and is suspected to have taken the extreme step.”
The departmental inquiry will be conducted by the Director, Women and Child Development Department. Separately, a report about the incident has been submitted to the District Magistrate (North) for action.