A 25-year-old software engineer from Andhra Pradesh allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of a hotel in Viman Nagar area of Pune over the lack of “job security” in the IT sector, the police said today.
Gopikrishna Durgaprasad, who had worked in Delhi and Hyderabad earlier, joined an IT firm here recently and came to the city only three days back. His employer had put him up in the hotel, according to police.
“He wrote a suicide note before slashing his wrist and later jumped off the terrace of the four-storey hotel yesterday,” an official said.
Police found the suicide note, purportedly written by the techie, in his room.
“In IT, there is no job security. I am scared that I may not look after my family properly. Please take care of my family. I am worried about future, as we are not that strong,” the officer said quoting the note.
Durgaprasad was spotted lying in a pool of blood at around 4 am by the staff of the hotel who in turn alerted the police.
The body was handed over to his relatives after postmortem.
“We have registered a case and our investigation is underway,” he said.
On 6 July, a woman techie had committed suicide in Mysore. Her relatives had blamed depression as the possible reason for her death.
The suicide of the Pune’s techie came on a day the tech giant TCS announced it was shutting down its office in Lucknow after 33 years in operation. The decision impacted the jobs of 2,000 employees, who made a desperate plea to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath for intervention.
The company later said that there will be no job loss due to consolidation of its operations in Uttar Pradesh even as state ministers Swami Prasad Maurya and Mohsin Raza assured the employees that their interests would be protected.
Experts blame the high stress related to the job requirement in the IT industry.
According to a report, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore treats patients for stress-related ailments with software engineers in the age group of 24 to 30 years forming a large chunk of the patients facing this problem.
A report by Business Insider said that about 258,075 lives were lost to the disturbing trend of suicide in 2012 alone. This number, the report said was more than the lives lost in either cross border terrorism or road accidents. An overwhelming proportion of those who committed suicides were in their early or mid-twenties and they belonged to lower middle-class families.
The number of young Indians committing suicides were nearly 50 times more than the number of farmers’ committing suicides in 2014, as reported by the National Crime Records Bureau.
According to the NCRB data, a total of 5,650 farmers committed suicide across India in 2014.
With nearly 50% of India’s population being below the age of 25, the alarming rise in the suicide rates among them is an extremely bad news for the country the country’s growth depends on them.
(With PTI inputs)