Hyderabad schoolgirl, 12, jumps to death from high-rise building; second student suicide in 4 days

Ahaana had left home to attend a tuition class. Her mother had earlier reprimanded her for neglecting her studies.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Sep 30, 2023 | 5:30 PMUpdatedOct 01, 2023 | 1:00 AM

Distressed over tuition, another Hyderabad teen jumps to death from 15th floor of apartment complex; 2nd such suicide in 4 days

A 12-year-old girl allegedly jumped to her death from the 15th floor of her residential flat at Aparna Sarovar Apartments in the Nallagandhla area of Hyderabad on Friday, 29 September, evening.

The girl, Ahaana, a Class 6 student at an international school, had left home around 4.50 pm for tuition. Earlier, her mother had reprimanded her for being a lackadaisical student, the FIR said.

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Academic stress

The FIR, filed based on a complaint by the girl’s father, said the tuition teacher alerted the family around 5.30 pm when she did not attend the class.

The mother, who launched a search, noticed police vehicles and a crowd in front of the apartment’s H-Block. On reaching the scene, she found her daughter dead.

Other residents said Ahaana had gone to the 15th floor where the teacher has been residing. Instead of going to the class, she opened a window by the stairs and took the final plunge.

“She scored low marks in Maths and her parents enrolled her in a tuition class in H-Block.  But she was not interested in the class,” D Paalavelli, SHO of the Chandanagar police, told South First.

The girl’s father, Sandeep Pathak, an IT employee and a native of Uttar Pradesh, came to Hyderabad nearly 10 years ago.

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Second student ‘suicide’ in four days

On 26 September, 14-year-old M Reyansh Reddy reportedly committed reportedly by jumping  off the 35th floor of his flat at My Home Bhooja Apartments — nearly half an hour drive from Aparna Sarovar Apartments where Aahana lived —  in the Serilingampally area of Hyderabad.

Reddy, a Class 10 student at an international school, had been missing since 8.30 pm on 25 September. His body was found the next morning.

The teenager had sent text messages to his mother, saying he was going to end his life “owing to stress”.

“He also apologised to his mother in the text,” the police said, adding that no suicide note was found.

Initial reports suggested that the boy neglected his studies and was addicted to online games. However, the police said they could not find any indication of the alleged addiction.

“Prima facie, it seems that he ended his life due to increasing academic pressure,” Madhapur DCP Sandeep Gone told South First.

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