A Nepalese medical student was found dead in her hostel in the Bhatara area of Dhaka Tuesday afternoon after reportedly commiting suicide.
A roomate of Binisha Shah said she returned to their accommodation at the hostel of Pioneer Dental College after an exam on Tuesday to find the student hanging from a ceiling fan.
Bhatara police station Officer-in-Charge Kamruzzaman said: “The incident was reported to us around 2pm. We sent police to the spot.”
Bhatara police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Shamim Hossain said Binisha, who hailed from Nepal’s Biratnagar area, joined the dental college two years ago.
“She was a third year student at the college and today [Tuesday] was the last day of her term exam,” he said.
Binisha’s roommate, Roksha, said Binisha left the examination hall half an hour before the test was due to end.
“When I returned to the hostel, I knocked on the door of our room a couple of times but she did not open it,” she said.
“When I entered the room using a spare key, I saw her hanging to the ceiling fan. I never expected such a thing to happen.”
Roksha said Binisha was supposed to fly to Nepal after three days. “She was going to meet her family after five months but she left the world before that,” the student said.
Fellow students of Pioneer Dental College have alleged corrupt practises by the college authorities had been piling undue stress on them.
They claimed that the college authorities sought Tk2 lakh from the students in exchange of identity cards and only provided cards to those who paid the money.
Besides, they also alleged that the authorities purposely set tough questions and charged Tk50,000 to Tk70,000 from the students in order to give them pass certificates.
The students said the question for Tuesday’s exam was also set in a similar manner and that the teachers humiliated Binisha when she wanted to leave the exam venue.
Wishing anonymity, one college student told the Dhaka Tribune: “Binisha committed suicide because of the immense pressure from the side of the teachers and college authorities.”
However, Gulshan Division Deputy Commissioner Moshtaq Ahmed said teachers had caught Binisha cheating in the examination but still allowed her to continue with the test.
“Binisha willingly left the hall. She might have committed suicide out of disappointment but we are still investigating into the matter,” he said.
Police said Crimes Scene Unit has collected samples from the room and her body has been sent to Dhaka Medical College morgue for autopsy.