Woman PhD scholar commits suicide at IIT Madras

Chennai: A woman PhD scholar of IIT Madras from Jharkhand allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room, police said Tuesday.

According to a student of the institute, the scholar, belonging to the metallurgy department, locked herself in her room in Sabarmati hostel two days ago.

A senior police officer told PTI that they got a call from the institute about the incident only Tuesday evening, adding that “foul smell was emanating indicating that the extreme step might not have been taken today.”

Investigation is on, the officer said, declining to divulge further information. IIT Madras has around 18 hostels in the campus.