Medical student’s father seeks probe into son’s suicide

MARDAN: The father of Tasneem Anjum, a student of Khyber Medical College (KMC) who committed suicide three days ago, has demanded probe into the circumstances in which his son died.

Dr Anjum Khalid, the father of Tasneem Anjum, said his son was a brilliant student and he topped the matric and intermediate exams. He said it is impossible for him to come to terms with the fact that his son has committed suicide. He insisted that his son has never committed suicide and it is also wrong assumption that his son was suffering from mental stress.

Dr Anjum Khalid alleged that the college administration showed negligence and informed him about his son’s death seven hours after the incident. He said the post mortem of his son was performed without his consent.

Dr Anjum demanded inclusion of the college principal into the probe into his son’s death. He alleged that all the students are fed up with the attitude of Principal Noorul Iman. He demanded judicial probe into the incident and sought justice from Prime Minister Imran Khan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan.

Tasneem Anjum, a student of KMC, committed suicide at the Seena Hall Hostel due to unknown reasons three days ago. Tasneem, who was nicknamed Sunny, hailed from Mardan, while he was currently living in Peshawar. He got his initial education from Pak-American School.

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.”

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 of social stigma.

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.