IISc student J K Prabhakaran who committed suicide at the campus hostel was doing well in academics, his professor and classmates said.
His uncle Gunashekaran has confirmed that Prabhakaran fell in love with a girl who was his classmate in undergraduate course in Chennai. The girl’s parents had asked him to stay away from her as he belonged to a different caste, Gunashekaran said.
Prof Dinesh told Express that Prabhakaran was a brilliant student. He had submitted a project report on high altitude airship in December and it was sent to a national level seminar. He was also ambitious and wanted to serve the country, Prof Dinesh said.
His father Krishnamurthy said Prabhakaran had spoken to him over phone and told him he was doing well.
“We were shocked when we received the message of his death. We knew that he was in love with his classmate, who was forced by her parents to stay away from him as we belong to a schedule caste. But he was upset over this,” Krishnamurthy said. L Anandan, a close friend of Prabhakaran’s family, said Krishnamurthy and his wife had spoken to the girl’s parents regarding the relationship.
“It was evident that caste differences were brewing. Other related people also met and spoke about Prabhakaran and the girl for some time,” he said.
However, a few days later, the girl’s family members who belonged to an upper caste, were completely against the relationship and had also managed to brainwash the girl, he said.
He said Prabhakaran wanted to marry her but it was not possible. The last time he came to Chennai, his parents sent him for counselling and Prabhakaran promised he would move on.
“He returned to Bangalore once he became normal but little did we know that he would end his life over this issue. We don’t know if he spoke to that girl again after going to Bangalore,” he added.
Prabhakaran’s family lives in a rented house at Velacheri in Chennai and he had last spoken to his parents on April 18.