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Mumbai: Youth ends his life for not knowing English

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Unable to converse in English, Sanjiv Jain, 27, from a small town near Jabalpur, ends his life by jumping in the Powai lake

Mumbai : Upset at not being able to converse in English at his workplace, a 27-year-old youth ended his life by jumping in the Powai lake and drowning himself recently.

Police sources said the youth, Sanjiv Kumar Jain, was a computer engineer and had come to Mumbai about three months ago and was working for a software company. However, since he was originally from a place near Jabalpur, he was not very comfortable in speaking and understanding English and this had upset him a lot.


In a police statement, his brother, Rajiv Kumar Jain, said that Sanjiv had told him several times that he was not able to follow English that was being spoken in office. In fact, Sanjiv had said several times that if he did not want to work there, and his family members had told him to return to his hometown if he was not happy.

On the day of the incident, the youth again told his family that he was under a lot of stress on this issue and that he might return to his hometown after Diwali, said an officer from Powai police station. However, he went out in the evening and called up his sister to say that he was going to end his life, the police said.

His family members immediately rushed from Thane to his office at Powai and started looking for him all around the place. When they could not locate him, they went to Powai police station to lodge a complaint. They were informed that a youth had died by jumping in Powai lake and that he had been sent to Rajawadi Hospital. However, he was declared dead on admission and the cause of death was confirmed as drowning, sources said.

Commenting on the case, Dr Shubhangi Parkar, head of psychiatry department of KEM Hospital, said that it is not about knowing any language, but the self-esteem that is associated with it. “Not knowing English language probably made him have a low self-esteem and resulted in him getting depressed,” she said.

The doctor explained that a person who has a good self esteem can actually learn anything he wants and hence it is important to cultivate such an attitude in a person. “Since the person came from a small town he was not used to speaking in English and there was no one to guide him on this issue,” she pointed out. This could have resulted in him having self defeating thoughts and finally led him to taking the drastic step, she added.