Suicide in sector 41 of Chandigarh: four hotel management students sentenced for complicity

CHANDIGARH POLICE on Thursday booked four hotel management students under sections of encouraging suicide and common intent in connection with the death of 19-year-old Swayam Bhardwaj, who is believed to have died by suicide at his rented accommodation in Sector 41 on April 7.

The FIR, under Section 306 (Incitement to Suicide), 34 (Common Intent) of the IPC, was registered at Sector 39 Police Station.

The four suspects – including a woman – were Swayam’s roommates as well as classmates.

According to reports, Swayam, a resident of Delhi, was taking the hotel management course from Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42. The suspects named in the FIR were identified as Nikhil, Tanuj, Mohit and a woman. The FIR was registered following the complaint of Swayam’s mother, Kusum Bhardwaj.

Kusum, in his complaint, alleged that his son was forced to commit suicide by his roommates who allegedly made a music video in which Swayam is shown apologizing for an alleged act of sexual harassment committed by him on a woman. . One of the three men then forwarded the video clip to Kusum. The complaint further states that within 36 hours of Kusum receiving the video on his phone, Swayam had taken an extreme step. Sources said Kusum submitted the video clip to police along with his complaint.

Sources said Swayam even left his old rented accommodation and found a new place in Sector 41, a day before taking the extreme step.

“We filed an FIR based on the statement of the victim’s mother, Kusum Bhardwaj. There are a lot of things that need to be checked. We want to collect more evidence. The statements of the four suspects will also be recorded,” a police officer said.

Yogesh Bhardwak, Swayam’s uncle, said: “We have been informed of the registration of the FIR against the four people. They
pushed Swayam to take the extreme step.

Peter M. Doran