“Nobody knows that there is ragging incident happening in my college, but my seniors did not let me live. I give my life for those three of my seniors. They pushed me into depression and did not let me continue to study. I could not even tell my problems to my roommates. Finally, I quit,” Ruchika’s purported suicide note read.
Tejeswar Parida, convener of Ragging Free Campus Abhiyan, said the state government should take the ragging cases seriously. “The government should open a helpline number for students in distress because of ragging,” he added.
College principal Niranjan Mishra said he got information about the incident at around 10.30am. “I immediately called the local police and reached the hostel. After discussing with the police, we broke open the door of her hostel room. We found her lying on the bed in the room facing downward. Police found a plastic rope while turning her body,” he said.
Police have recorded statements of Ruchika’s friends. “She was an introvert person. Her room was on the third floor, but she was staying with her friends in 201 most of the time.
She had joined a coaching institute recently and was preparing for UPSC exams,” said the principal.
History was Ruchika’s honours subject in Plus-III first year (arts stream). She did not attend her classes on Saturday. Before her friends left the room for classes at 10 am, she had requested them to share the notes with her.