PESHAWAR: A student of Khyber Medical College, Tasneem Anjum committed suicide due to unknown reasons in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Various people have shared news of Tasneem Anjum’s death on the social media according to which he committed suicide at the Seena Hall of Khyber Medical College. He was a final year student at the college.

Tasneem, who was nicknamed Sunny, hailed from Mardan, while he was currently living in Peshawar. He got his initial education from Pak-American School. No details are available about the reasons of his extreme step. However, it is stated that he was suffering from mental stress.

On 1 February, 2019, he shared his last post on Facebook which was a quote of a Brazilian author Paulo Coelho: “It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory.”

Muhammad Anjum Khalid, father of Tasneem, confirmed the death of his son and appealed to friends and family to pray for his forgiveness.

The suicide of Tasneem shocked his friends who are sharing their grief on the social media.

Police have initiated investigation into the incident. They said it would be too early to say anything about the circumstances in which the student committed suicide.

Although, suicide ratio in Pakistan is lower as compared to other countries of the world, however, these incidents bring disturbance. Figures show that Pakistan’s ratio is one fifth of global figures which sounds good. However, it is also partly because some suicide cases go unreported in Pakistan due to fear social stigma.

Suicide is a major public health issue, being the 10th leading cause of death in all ages. However, these cases are under-reported in Pakistan not only due to the social stigma but also the legal implications.

No proper data is available on suicides in Pakistan and reports are often compiled from media reports. It is found that in most cases of suicides, the victims had stress-related illness. Due to lack of proper treatment or attention, the stress grows to an extent that the patients take the extreme step.

Health experts suggest that despite the lack of resources and great patient-load, there is a need to keep an eye open for potential cases and to prioritise their management.

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