A teenager allegedly stalked by her jilted lover committed suicide by consuming poison in JB Nagar on Friday.
According to police, 19-year-old Nishandini, a resident of ISRO Quarters, was studying BCom II year at St Anne’s First Grade College for Women.
The youngest of three siblings, Nishandini cried for help from her bedroom at around 5.30 pm. As P Elumalai rushed to his daughter’s rescue, he found her writhing in pain.
“I was shocked to find her complaining of chest pain. When I enquired with her, she confessed to consuming pesticide as she wanted to end her life,” Elumalai told Deccan Herald, adding that he then took her to the nearby Chinmaya Hospital.
The doctors there, however, referred her to Medi Hope Hospital in Thippasandra as there was no vacancy in the ICU at their hospital. The girl breathed her last at Medi Hope Hospital shortly after Friday midnight.
Nishandini had written Computer Science paper in the ongoing semester examination and returned home by 4.30 pm. An hour later, Elumalai heard her cries for help.
The family has accused Arul Das, 21, Nishandini’s ex-boyfriend and their neighbour, of driving her to suicide. Son of Segairaj, a local politician from Sudhama Nagar, Das is an apprentice at HAL. He was Nishandini’s classmate at Holy Mother’s High School and had failed in the SSLC exam.
According to Elumalai, he learnt about his daughter’s affair with Das six months ago, and advised her against getting any closer.
“She promised to call it quits. But three months ago, she complained to me that Das was stalking and harassing her near the college as well as in the locality,” he said, adding that he then personally spoke to Das’s father who assured him that he would ask his son to mend his ways.
But Das failed to reform himself, Nishandini’s family alleged. Inquiries with Nishandini’s college friends revealed that Das was harassing her again.
Pushpa (name changed) one of her classmates, said that Nishandini complained to them a fortnight ago about Das’ threat that he would throw acid on her face if she spurned his advances.
According to Pushpa, they had even seen Das roaming around the college several times.
He used to call Nishandini on her mobile phone, asking her to meet him. Nishandini appeared tense after writing the exam on Friday. She said that Das had threatened to kill her if she continued to spurn him. Das has since been arrested.
“We cheered her up and said she need not worry. But she got scared when she saw Das and his friends near the college. She refused to travel by bus. We lent her some money and helped her take an autorickshaw,” Pushpa said. Nishandini was seen off at 12.30 pm, but her parents say she reached home only at 4.30 pm. “I suspect she met Das before reaching home and he might have threatened her again.”
Nishandini’s classmates said she was a studious girl. “Except for this worry, she was very jovial. We asked her to complain to her parents about Das but she didn’t want to trouble them anymore,” one of them said.