MEERUT: Perturbed since actor Sushant Singh‘s suicide and regularly watching news related to his sudden death on the television, a 12-year-old – a student of Class VI – allegedly committed suicide by hanging in his house in a Hapur district locality on Saturday. There was no immediate trigger, said assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Sarvesh Mishra, but the family claimed that the boy would remain glued to the TV watching the news of the actor’s suicide.
According to police, the boy – whose father is an engineer with a private firm in Greater Noida – was at home with his mother, elder sister and grandmother when he went to a room upstairs, bolted the door from inside and hanged himself with a cloth.
The postmortem wasn’t conducted at the insistence of the family, said police. Psychologists attribute such incidents to lack of parental regulation and guidance to children watching such news items. “Parents should keep their children away from disturbing details of morbid incidents on news and social media,” said Hema Khanna, a Bareilly-based consultant psychologist.