18-year-old drug addict kills self in Mangalore

Published: 04th February 2013 10:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2013 10:17 AM   |  A+A-

An 18-year-old PUC dropout, who suffered a relapse after long abstinence from drugs, committed suicide in the wee hours of Sunday. She took the extreme step after parents turned down her request for money to buy drugs.

The victim has been identified as Sneha Upadhyaya, a resident of Padavinangadi. Sneha had dropped out from PUC in Sharada Vidyalaya in Kodialbail. She was found hanging from the ceiling fan when her parents broke open the bedroom door on Sunday morning.

Sneha was a topper until her ninth standard. It is believed that she was addicted to narcotics from the age of 16, while studying in first PUC. According to father Gururaj Upadhyaya, they forced Sneha to abandon her studies on discovering her addiction to  drugs.

They admitted her to a rehabilitation centre in Bangalore, where she was treated for over seven months. Though Sneha showed signs of recovery, she begun suffering relapses recently.

On Saturday night, Sneha demanded Rs 1,500 from her mother Sunitha in order to buy drugs. “When her request was turned down, she locked the bedroom door,” the victims mother said.

Kavoor police have registered a case and are investigating.

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