Woman jumps off Pragati Maidan Metro station, dies

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NEW DELHI: A 20-year-old woman, identified as Astha, committed suicide by jumping off the Pragati Maidan Metro station on Wednesday evening. Police said they have not recovered any suicide letter and believe she had got off a train on the busy Noida-Dwarka line after being upset with someone with whom she was talking on phone. Astha lived in the Madangir area of southeast Delhi.

The woman was rushed to the RML Hospital where she was declared brought dead. Police said they are studying CCTV footage to find out the exact chain of events. Meanwhile, her parents are being questioned to ascertain if she was upset about anything.

Karambir Singh, the security guard at an ATM located inside the Metro station said, "The woman was talking on phone and missed the train. After that, she threw her purse and then jumped off the station, crashing headlong on the ground. The left side of her head was severely injured. She was wearing a blue checked shirt and jeans. A traffic cop and others rushed her to the hospital in an autorickshaw."

A police officer later told TOI: "Suicides are turning out to be a big problem and are affecting our general psyche. We have tried out several methods to prevent suicides but none have been totally effective. Even now, CISF personnel and private security guards are deployed at stations to watch out for people with suspicious movement—a possible indication of suicidal tendency. CCTV footages are also scanned regularly to try and identify such people. However, everything happens in a split second, before anybody can react." Several suicide incidents have occurred at Kirti Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Malviya Nagar, Chandni Chowk and Sultanpur Metro stations this year.

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