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On Friday afternoon, the decomposed body of a research doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was found in his rented house in south Delhi. He was 40-year-old and from a mid-nineties MBBS batch of AIIMS. He was staying alone in his flat for more than a decade. He had returned to the hospital for a research project in the pediatrics department.
Senior police officers informed that their primary inquiry suggests that the doctor might have allegedly hanged himself inside the flat. The flat’s main door was locked from inside. It appears to be a case of suicide only as no foul play is suspected. However, the reason is still unknown.
Police also said that they found a note supposedly written by the doctor. A police officer interpreting the contents of the note, said that the doctor had written that he had chosen to end his life as he didn’t see any reason to live on for 70-80 years and do not want to hide his “mental condition”. The doctor was unmarried and the doctor’s family members also mentioned that he had done a similar attempt in the past too.
A doctor from the AIIMS, on condition of anonymity said that he was undergoing psychiatric treatment at AIIMS for some time and after he was a little better, he lost contact with his regular therapist. He wished to remain alone and won’t interact with others.
AIIMS has seen a wave of suicide among its students and patients. In the past 4 months, they have reported eight deaths by suicides at the hospital. These comprises of the daughter of a dead cancer patient who had jumped off a building on 9th May, a 22-year old man had hung himself from a staircase on 5th June, a journalist who was under COVID-19 treatment, jumped off the trauma centre building on 6th July, a junior doctor had jumped off the hostel building on 10th July and another person hung himself in the bathroom on 17th July. One more MBBS student had jumped off the building at the hospital earlier this week.
DCP (south) Atul Kumar Thakur said that they received a call at the Hauz Khas police station around 3.10 pm, regarding a foul smell coming from a house in an area which is close to AIIMS campus. A police team reached over there and found that the house was bolted from inside. So they broke the door and found a man’s body hanging inside.
The DCP said that the doctor originally was from a north Indian state. He had joined his office in AIIMS on 11th August 11. Other information about him and the exact reason for his extreme step are being investigated.
Another doctor, on condition of anonymity from AIIMS said that they have a student wellness wing, and counselling services are provided over there. Counsellors are available at the hostels too.
Source: Hindustan Times