Metro stations in Delhi and the national capital region seem to have become a favourite haunt for those who want to end their lives, as eight such incidents have taken place this year so far.
The latest incident was reported from Kirti Nagar Metro station in west Delhi on Friday afternoon when Aarti Yadav jumped from the station’s intersection platform at around 12.30 pm.
B S Gujjar, additional deputy commissioner of police (railways) also confirmed that it was the eighth incident of suicide this year and the second in two days. He added that police are working with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to track vulnerable individuals and avert such suicides.
“We regularly deploy Metro police staff in plain clothes, as well as in uniform at most of the 142 stations in the network. The objective is to deter those with suicidal tendencies and also prevent commuters from losing their balance and falling on the tracks,” he added.
DMRC is also planning to install platform screen doors at six metro stations – Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar – by 2014. Platform screen doors are automatic glass doors that will only open when a train halts at the station. They will help keep passengers safe and away from the tracks.
On Thursday, an apparent marital discord had driven Priya Khandelwal, 25, over the edge in Gurgaon.
The HDFC bank employee had committed suicide by jumping off the M G Road Metro station to the road below. Priya, a native of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to her injuries at Medanta Hospital.
On March 25, a 22-year-old woman had committed suicide by jumping on the tracks of Malviya Nagar Metro station. Madhu, who hailed from Rohtas district in Bihar and was living with her sister and brother-in-law in Ghitorni, was apparently depressed about her future.
Vinod Kumar, 35, and Jeevant Singh Negi, 48, ended their lives at Chandni Chowk and Sultanpur Metro stations on March 2 and February 19 respectively.