19-year-old girl commits suicide, father follows suit

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Meghana KhannaA 19-year-old girl hanged herself at her Antop Hill residence, leading to her 55-year-old father to commit suicide by jumping off the terrace of their building shortly afterwards, said reports in the Indian Express and Mumbai Mirror.

The girl was identified as Megha Khanna, a student of Khalsa College in Matunga. She was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her residence in Punjabi Colony by her father Ramesh. Ramesh then dialed 100 to inform the police, after which he jumped off the four-terrace building’s terrace.

Residents of the building rushed Ramesh to Sion Hospital but he was declared dead by the time he was brought in. According to information shared with the newspapers, Meghna probably had an argument with her father the night before, as well as an argument on Monday morning before Ramesh left for work. Ramesh had been estranged from his wife for the last ten years, and had brought up his two daughters single handedly.

A neighbour of the family told Mumbai Mirror that Meghna had been a bright girl who excelled in studies. “She had scored distinction marks in the fourth semester of her journalism course. We have no idea why she killed herself,” the neighbour said.

According to the neighbours, Ramesh reached home around 9.30 pm Monday, and repeatedly knocked on the door of Meghna’s bedroom. He then went to a neighbour’s flat and saw Meghna hanging from the ceiling fan, following which the bedroom door was knocked down.(FP)

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