CHANDIGARH Police on Friday began investigating allegations of harassment which may have led to a 19-year-old hotel management student in the city committing suicide in his paid accommodation in Sector 41 on Thursday afternoon.
The allegations were made by the victim’s relatives, identified as Swayam Bhardwaj, a resident of Delhi’s northwestern Rohini region.
The allegations were made against four of the victim’s classmates, including a girl. Sources said Swayam’s parents also submitted a video clip in which he was forced to apologize for allegedly sexually harassing a girl. “One of the boys had forwarded the clip to Swayam’s mother, claiming that our son had harassed a girl. My son was forced to die by suicide. He was a shy and introverted boy. My wife, Kusum, has filed a written complaint with the police.
We learned that Swayam had decided to return to Delhi but abandoned the idea at the last moment after reaching ISBT-43 on Wednesday evening. The next day he committed suicide,” said Yogesh Bhardwaj, Swayam’s father.
Sources said all four people, including the girl, against whom the allegations were made have been found. The girl’s statement was recorded. It was also said that Swayam changed his PG housing a day before taking the extreme step. He was studying hotel management at an institute in Sector 42.
“We probed the allegations from all angles. The girl claimed to have been harassed by the victim. The circumstances under which the video was made are being verified. We did not find a suicide note in the room where the student died,” said Inspector Juldan Singh, SHO of Sector 39 Police Station.
The body was released to family members after the autopsy.
An investigation procedure was opened under article 164 of the CrPC at the police station in sector 39.