Asecond-year medical student has died by suicide at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The student, identified as Vikas, jumped off the roof of hostel number 19 at around 6 pm.
The police, in a statement, said that they received a call about a person jumping off the hostel roof at about 6 pm. “Upon reaching the spot, the injured person was promptly moved to the trauma centre and was given treatment. He was declared dead during treatment.”
The police identified the deceased as Vikas – a 22-year-old medical student from the 2018 batch. Vikas was a permanent resident of Bangalore.
According to the police, the doctor was earlier admitted to a psychiatry ward as a patient as he was experiencing some mental health issues.
The police also revealed that Vikas on duty on Monday and had taken a one-hour leave from the ward. During this break, he allegedly came to the hostel and jumped off the roof. Further inquiry is underway.
This is the fifth case of death by suicide at India’s premier medical institute since June 5.
On July 17, a 32-year-old man was found dead in the bathroom of the hospital’s emergency wing. A resident of Satna in Madhya Pradesh, he had come to the hospital for a follow up on his intestinal surgery conducted last year.
On July 10, a 25-year-old junior doctor had died by suicide at AIIMS-Delhi by jumping off the 10th floor of the hospital building. According to sources, the doctor was suffering from depression.
On July 6, a 37-year-old journalist, who was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at AIIMS Delhi, had died after he jumped off the fourth floor of the hospital.
A month before that, on June 5, a 22-year-old man was found hanging from the railing of the second-floor staircase at AIIMS-Delhi. He was suspected to be suffering from depression.