In a shocking incident in Bengaluru, an engineering student committed suicide after being bullied by her fellow classmates. 18-year-old Meghana Chandrashekar hanged herself on Tuesday afternoon at her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar after she was allegedly ragged by her college friends. As per The Times of India, Meghna was heckled, abused and attacked by her friends due to which she took this extreme step. In a video that has surfaced shows Meghna, a first-year civil engineering undergraduate student, having a spat with three other girls in the college campus. The girls are also seen abusing her with one of them jumping at Meghana and slapping her. After the incident, Meghna hanged herself from a ceiling fan in her residence.
#WATCH — In a shocking incident of ragging and bullying – an Engineering student commits suicide, by hanging herself in her apartment in Bengaluru. In the video, the girl’s classmates can be seen bullying her and charging at her, while she helplessly tries to defend herself. pic.twitter.com/Dr0HvjvK6V
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Meghna’s mother Lata Chandrashekar, has accused four classmates and a faculty member of harassing her in college. She said that Meghna was harassed as she had stood for the class representative election and lost. Meanwhile, police said that the four accused students have are available for questioning. “We have been visiting the college since Wednesday and the coordinator, a professor, has not been coming. His mobile phone is switched off and his house is locked. The four students who have been named in the FIR too are not attending classes, and their mobile phones are switched off. Since they are students, we did not visit their homes,” police was quoted as saying by TOI.
This incident comes after the tragic death of a BITS Pilani student in Hyderabad. Recently, a 21-year-old engineering student of BITS Pilani allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his hostel room in the institute’s Hyderabad campus. Raghav Shantaram, hailing from Chennai, and a third-year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room by a friend at around 1:45 pm on February 5. Raghav went to his room after watching a cricket match. One of his friends then knocked on the door but there was no response. When the door was broken, he was found hanging from the ceiling fan. He had used a blanket. However, no suicide note was found.