Aizawl: In an unfortunate incident, a first-year MBBS student at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) in Mizoram committed suicide on February 24.
According to reports, the 21-year-old medical student was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room.
The deceased identified as Nazar Chakma, a resident of Chawngte C in south Mizoram's Lawngtlai district.
Mizoram deputy inspector general of police (northern range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte speaking to the media said that the deceased student was depressed over his performance in his academics after he was declared "failed" in the results which came out on February 24.
He said, "The student was avoiding food and remained inactive over depression since Tuesday."
Khiangte further said the victim locked his door from inside while his friends were playing badminton and committed suicide by hanging with a nylon rope from the ceiling fan.
His roommate and collage watchman broke open the door and lifted the deceased's body.
He was rushed to the ZMC hospital as his body was still warm but the doctors were unable to save him.
According to Khiangte, there was no foul play as it was a clear suicide case.
Earlier in 2020, a final year MBBS student of Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) was found dead on Sunday night. The deceased, Nimching Panmei was found lying dead outside Hostel number 4.
He was a boarder in room number 113 on the first floor of the said hostel and hailed from Dima Hasao.
According to the statistics by the NCRB, which functions under the Union Home Ministry, the suicide rate in cities (13.9 per cent) was higher as compared to the all-India suicide rate (10.4 per cent) in 2019.
Suicide by 'hanging' (53.6 per cent), 'consuming poison' (25.8 per cent), 'drowning' (5.2 per cent) and 'self-immolation' (3.8 per cent) were the prominent means of committing suicides during the year, the data showed.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that suicide is a serious public "health problem" and is "preventable" with timely, evidence-based and often low-cost interventions.