KSRTC driving instructor commits suicide over fears of having COVID-192 min read
Uppur: A 56-year-old man committed suicide in the wee hours of March 25, fearing that he had contracted COVID-19 despite being asymptomatic. The man, who was identified as Gopalakrishna Madival, was found hanging from a tree in his compound, by his family. He was a resident of Narnadu, Uppur, and worked as a driving instructor in Udupi’s Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) depot.
According to the police, the deceased left a death note which stated fears of contracting the virus as the reason behind his suicide. The family had informed the police that he had stayed awake the previous night watching videos on coronavirus that were being circulated on Whatsapp, which might have been spreading false information about the disease.
The family had also told the Brahmavar police that Madival had not shown any symptoms and had not been in contact with anyone who might have been exposed to the disease as he stayed at home most of the time. They added that he was suffering from clinical depression.
“According to the wife of the deceased, he was very weak-minded and often panicked over the smallest of issues. He had also expressed his fears about the virus the previous night, but they did not know that he was going to take such a drastic step,” said Raghavendra C, PSI, Brahmavara Police Station, in a telephonic conversation with The Manipal Journal.
The post mortem of the body was done at Kasturba Medical College Hospital in Manipal, the results for which are yet to be received.
However, this is not the first reported suicide case relating to the coronavirus paranoia. On March 18, a suspected coronavirus patient leapt to his death from the seventh floor of the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Another case was reported in Andhra Pradesh on February 11, where a 50-year-old man who had fever and cold committed suicide.
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Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman