Girl student in AIIMS commits suicide

Police said Kirti Gakhar was found dead in her hostel room,allegedly after consuming poison.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 6, 2013 1:09:01 am

Police said Kirti Gakhar was found dead in her hostel room,allegedly after consuming poison.

A 25-year-old first year student of MD Pharmacology was found dead in her hostel room at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday morning,after she allegedly consumed poison to end her life.

The woman,Kirti Gakhar,police said,got married two years ago and was allegedly depressed over problems in her marital life.

She was living with a batchmate at ladies hostel No. 9 on the AIIMS premises.

Gakhar,a native of Bhiwani in Haryana,was alone in her room on Monday night,police said.

According to AIIMS spokesperson Dr Y K Gupta,around 9.30 am on Tuesday,a fellow resident doctor came to meet her in her hostel room.

“When there was no response to repeated knocks,the doctor alerted the security guard on duty. Around 9.40 am,we broke open the door and found Dr Gakhar lying unconscious,” he said.

Dr Gupta said Gakhar was rushed to the hospital emergency,where doctors tried resuscitating her. She was declared dead at 9.55 am.

The AIIMS authorities informed police,who recovered a suicide note from her room.

“We found a suicide note in which she mentioned that no one was responsible for her death. She also addressed a few lines to her parents begging them to forgive her for taking such a step,” a senior police officer said.

Police said Kirti’s husband is pursuing his post graduation from a medical college in Assam. The couple,police said,had a love marriage but within a few months,differences arose and the two had filed for divorce.

While the post-mortem report is still awaited,sources said Kirti had consumed poison.

According to a fellow resident doctor,Gakhar had been under treatment for depression. “She was having troubles in her marital life. She also had to take treatment for depression,” she said.

The doctor said Gakhar had recently written an e-mail thanking everyone in her department for supporting her. “We knew she was going through a rough patch. But we never imagined she would take her life,” she said.

Gakhar’s body was handed over to her family after a post-mortem examination.

Investigators are questioning her friends and relatives and have also informed her husband and asked him to join the probe.

A sub-divisional magistrate inquiry has been initiated in the incident.

In an official statement,AIIMS said,“Dr Gakhar was a brilliant student and was doing well in her studies. The deceased’s family was informed immediately. Our director Dr R C Deka issued instructions for early post-mortem examination. The entire AIIMS family is deeply saddened by this incident.”

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