Nursing student hangs herself at AIIMS hostel

Cops suspect failure in last 2 exams triggered suicide

A 20-year-old BSc nursing student at AIIMS hanged herself on Sunday, triggering allegations by fellow students and her parents that revengeful attitude by some staff members drove her to desperation.

They have alleged that Pallavi Grover had filed a complaint against a teacher in the college for which she was being harassed by the hostel superintendent.

AIIMS authorities said the concerned superintendent has been removed from her post and a probe has been ordered into the allegations.

Probe committee formed
“A nine-member committee has been formed to look into the incident. We are awaiting a report in a week or 10 days. The students have a lot of other grievances which are also being looked into now. Meanwhile, the superintendent has been removed from the post,” said Dr Neerja Bhatla, Chairperson of the Media and Protocol Division, AIIMS.

Police said a two-page suicide note has been recovered from the victim. A police officer told Deccan Herald that nowhere in the suicide note did Pallavi mention the superintendent in question or any problem with hostel or college staff.

Suicide note
“In the note, she has said no one should be held responsible for her death. She also wrote that she wasn’t able to do it. We think she was referring to her academic performance in which she was faring poorly,” the officer said.

She had failed in two recent practical examinations which had left her disturbed, the officer said.

“She was scheduled to give a supplementary examination on Wednesday and had told her friends that she was not confident. She would tell her friends that she had become a joke because of her performance,” the officer said.

Police have so far not registered any FIR and said only if investigations pointed at superintendent Neelam’s hand in Pallavi’s suicide, would a case be registered.

A third-year nursing student, Pallavi lived in room number 403 in the AIIMS New Nurses Hostel. Her father Prem Prakash Grover is a retired government employee and lived with his wife in west Delhi’s Hari Nagar.

Her mother said Pallavi had left her home for her hostel around 6 pm on Sunday. Her father called her at 8 pm and she told him that she had reached the hostel safely.

“Her phone was found switched off when her father called her again at 9.30 pm. We then called her roommate and she went to check the room to find it locked from inside,” said Pallavi’s mother.

The roommate checked through a window to find Pallavi hanging from the ceiling fan of her room.

Pallavi’s parents and police were informed after which the body was brought down and sent for a post-mortem.

“Superintendent Neelam was harassing my daughter because of which she killed herself. Neelam was behind Pallavi’s failure in her practical examinations,” alleged her mother.

Peace march
Meanwhile, Pallavi’s fellow students took out a “peace march” from the hostel gate to the mortuary and lodged a complaint with AIIMS Director MC Mishra about the “lax response” of the authorities.

“The students claimed to have forced open the hostel room door and informed police without any assistance or guidance from the authorities,” said Maya John, convener of Centre for Struggling Women, an organisation that led the march.

The police officer said the superintendent was known to be very strict with the hostel residents and was hence not liked by them. “It appears to be an administrative matter. We will await the internal inquiry report from AIIMS,” said the officer.

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