In a tragic incident, a sixth standard student from Mira Road committed suicide due to the monotony of staying home because of the lockdown enforced in the city. The 12-year-old was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room by his parents, who then rushed him to a nearby hospital. The boy was declared dead on arrival by the hospital staff.
The deceased had celebrated Eid on 25 May 2020, and went to bed in his room at around 1:30 am. He was found dead in his room at 7:00 am the following day when his parents had gone in to check up on him. Hoping for a chance of their child’s survival, the parents of the 12-year-old rushed to the nearest hospital, where the doctors declared the boy dead on arrival.
According to the victim’s father the deceased had shown no signs of depression, however had found that he had wrote a message to his friend on WhatsApp about being bored at home, shortly before his death. He said, “Our son used to go cycling and playing in the park every evening before the lockdown. He insisted on going out in the initial days of the lockdown, however had agreed to stay at home after we turned down his requests several times.”
“He had spoken to a friend on WhatsApp about being bored at home, before killing himself. We had absolutely no idea that he was so depressed for not being able to go outside, otherwise, we would have taken him out to play ourselves.” The deceased’s class teacher described the boy as a “very active child in school,” and was even the class monitor.