Mumbai: Frustrated with his continued ill health after suffering from tuberculosis for a long time, a 19 year old youth from Bhandup ended his life by hanging himself in his house recently.
Police sources said that Nilesh Sahani was studying in a college and had been suffering from TB since one year and was taking treatment for this condition. On the day of the incident, he was at home with his family members and went to sleep in his room after lunch.
However, when his father called out to him after some time, there was no response and he got worried. “The family members then forced the door open and were shocked to find him hanging from the ceiling fan,” said an officer from Bhandup police station. They immediately brought him down and took him to Mulund General Hospital where he was declared dead before admission.
In a statement to the police, his father, K Sahani said that his son had been suffering from TB since one year and had been taking treatment from the TB Hospital at Sewree. However, despite taking treatment he was falling sick on a regular basis and this had upset him a lot, he said. This appears to be the reason for him ending his life and in fact he has also left a suicide note in which he has said that he has taken the step of his own free will and no one is to be blamed for it.
According to senior medical officer, DrBalajiPhalke of Rajawadi Post Mortem Centre, even though the patient may be taking treatment, there are effects of TB that become permanent. “It is a known fact that the patient becomes breathless and tired even after slight exertion and this can affect the quality of his life and can lead him to take any drastic step,” he said. Therefore, along with treatment it is equally important give proper counseling to the patients and help them to feel positive about their future, he added.