Girl ends life at sister’s house

Published: 03rd June 2013 01:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2013 01:41 PM   |  A+A-

A Class 7 student committed suicide by hanging herself at her sister’s house in Ramaswamy Palya, Banaswadi on Sunday morning.

The victim has been identified as Lavanya (12), daughter of  one Venkatakrishna, a native of Kavali in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. She was studying in a private school in Nellore.  The police said the incident took place around 9 am when she was alone at home on Sathymurthy Road.

The victim’s sister, Kamakshi, returned home at 10.30 am along with her husband, found Lavanya’s body hanging from the ceiling. Kamakshi immediately brought the body down cutting the dupatta used by the victim to hang herself. 

They called a neighbouring nurse and she declared Lavanya dead.  Lavanya had come to the city for summer vacations and was staying with her sister’s family for the last one-and-a-half months. She had to return to her native on Wednesday. Bhaskar, an electrician, in his statement to the polilce, said Lavanya was not mingling with anyone and she used to argue with Kamakshi when she asked to do daily chores.

She was advised to let go of her argumentative attitude by her sister, he said.

The police found no suicide note and suspect that she might have committed suicide after the advice and the exact reason, which led her to take the extreme step is yet to be ascertained, the police said.

Banasawadi police, who are investigating the case are waiting for a statement from Lavanya’s parents.

What Psychologists Say?

Dr John Vijay Sagar, Associate Professor- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS said: “The new environment may have triggered a feeling in the child. In addition to this, the child may have been upset about an argument or difference with the family resulting in depression and stress.” He said that while symptoms of suicidal behaviour are typical in children of this age group, children may show depression symptoms and have difficulty in sleeping and interacting with people around them. “An ongoing problem that the family may have failed to recognise could have been led to the girl take the extreme step,” he said.

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