Bengaluru, Jul 12: Upset over not being elected class leader, a high school boy has committed suicide by hanging himself at his home in Rajarajeshwarinagar, southwest Bengaluru.
The deceased has been identified as R Dhruvraj, a class 9 student of Baldwin Co-Education Extension High School, RR Nagar.
According to victim’s mother R Divya, he was depressed as he could not get elected as the class leader. However, the school denied the election as the trigger, and said there could be personal reasons.
“The election was a month ago. There were four contenders in the fray, and my son was confident of a victory. But a classmate was chosen. My son was not happy as he thought he had all the qualities of a leader and there was no reason to reject him,” police quoted Divya as saying.
The school management announced class leaders of four sections each of Class 8, 9 and 10 on Tuesday.
“On June 10, the class leaders were given tasks. My son, after attending the programme, became more depressed. He did not go out to play in the evening and I thought he’d recover in a day or two,” she said.
Dhruvraj locked himself in his room around 10.30pm. “He did not have dinner. After I finished dinner, I knocked on his door. I became anxious when there was no response for a while. A neighbour came, and we forcibly opened the door to find my son hanging from the ceiling,” she said.
Dhruvraj was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
A family member said Dhruvraj’s father, businessman Rajesh Kumar, had committed suicide when the boy was a UKG student.
Boy was in UKG when his father committed suicidea decade ago.
“Dhruvraj had seen his father’s body hanging. We’re not sure why Rajesh took the extreme step,” the relative added.
High school boy commits suicide for not being elected class leader