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Depressed TMH nurse suffering from TB hangs self to death

Jamshedpur, April 18: In a shocking incident, a young nurse of Tata Main Hospital (TMH) hanged herself from the ceiling fan at her hostel in the hospital premises under Bistupur police station area on Monday morning. The nurse has been identified as Rashmi Kumari (24). She was suffering from tuberculosis.

The police took the body in their possession and sent it to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem after taking statement from her brother-in-law Vivek Prakash. Police said this to be a case of suicide and confirmed that the nurse was suffering from tuberculosis.

“We are investigating the incident of suicide. Though the deceased has left no suicide note, but a close relative told us that as she was suffering from TB. She might have committed suicide due to depression. We are looking into it,” said assistant sub-inspector Ravindra Sharma of Bistupur police station on the basis of the statement given by Vivek.

General Manager, Tata Main Hospital, G Ramdas, however, maintained that the nurse must not have committed suicide due to the disease; rather she must have some personal reasons which forced her to take this extreme step.

“Though the nurse who committed suicide was suffering from TB, but it must not be the reason behind such step. She must have some personal reason behind the move. The police are investigating into it,” said Ramdas.

She was staying alone in a room at the nurses’ hostel. Another nurse was to join her for staying along. But she committed suicide. Rashmi, a resident of Nalanda district of Bihar, used her `dupatta’ for hanging. The ASI, Sharma said Rashmi used to stay alone in a room.

He said after the incident the hospital managing informed the police and subsequently to the deceased’s brother-in-law Vivek Prakash, who is a resident of Govindpur and her local guardian.

Prakash who had turned at the MGM Medical College mortuary said that she was quite normal and had even talked to him yesterday.” We are in state of shock and don’t know what led to take such drastic step. There must be some other reason which we do not know.

She spoke to me yesterday over cell phone and she was quite normal,” he said.

In a statement issued on Monday, Tata Steel said, “It is with extreme grief and sorrow that we wish to inform that this morning at around 7.30 am, the body of Ms. Rashmi Kumari, (age 24), a student of 1st year, BSc, at the Basic Nursing Course at TMH, was found hanging in her room at the Nursing Hostel at TMH.

According to the statement, the police were informed of this incident immediately and they took her body into custody on arrival at site and sent it for autopsy. The cause of death will be known after the post mortem. The police are investigating into the matter.

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