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Inquiry initiated as disabled college employee kills herself, blames college administration in suicide note

By Aftab Ahmed
April 21, 2024
Representational image of police tape at an incident site. — Unsplash/File
Representational image of police tape at an incident site. — Unsplash/File

HYDERABAD: A disabled female employee posted as a lab assistant at a college in Matiari allegedly committed suicide due to harassment from some colleagues and indifference to the college administration towards her concerns.

The body of 25-year-old Khadija Nusrat Memon was found on Friday from the Phuleli Canal within the limits of the Hyderabad police station.

The Hyderabad police told the media that the woman belonged to Matiari district and in her handbag, a letter was found along with other items.

The letter, police said, was a suicide note in which the woman wrote she had decided to commit suicide due to the indifference of the college administration. She also asked her family members to forgive her.

Quoting Khadija’s relatives, Hyderabad SSP Amjad Sheikh said she had been harassed by some college employees, due to which she decided to kill herself.

Khadija's brother and sister told the media that some time ago, she was posted as a lab assistant on the quota for persons with disabilities at the Government Girls College Hala.

However, instead of giving her the responsibilities of the lab assistant, the college management made Khadija do dusting and cleaning in the college, which made her unhappy.

As the news of her suicide circulated, Matiari deputy commissioner formed an investigation committee headed by the Girls College Matiari principal with the Hala assistant commissioner, Matiari assistant commissioner, Hala DSP, and Matiari MLO and deputy director education as its members.

According to a notification, the committee has been tasked with submitting its report within five days.

Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the regional director colleges Hyderabad.

The minister said that if the reports of undue pressure on the woman by the college administration were found to be correct, action would be taken. He also offered condolences to the family members of the deceased woman.