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Depressed over skin colour, Noida schoolboy jumps to death from 15th floor flat

A class 11 student, who was allegedly battling depression due to his physical looks and skin complexion, jumped off his 15th-floor apartment and died on Saturday in Uttar Pradesh's Noida, police said. 

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Noida Published on: March 06, 2021 22:39 IST
Depressed over skin colour, Noida schoolboy jumps to death
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Depressed over skin colour, Noida schoolboy jumps to death from 15th floor flat

A class 11 student, who was allegedly battling depression due to his physical looks and skin complexion, jumped off his 15th-floor apartment and died on Saturday in Uttar Pradesh's Noida, police said. The local Sector 49 police station was alerted around 5 am about the incident, which took place in a high-rise building in Sector 78, according to officials.

The parents of the 17-year-old boy were living separately. His mother lives in Gurgaon, while father, who works in a multinational company (MNC), was staying here in Noida, they said.

"His parents informed the police that their son had been battling depression due to his physical features and skin complexion. He had talked to them about his complexity because of his looks in the past also," Sector 49 Station House Officer (SHO) Sudhir Kumar told PTI.

The body was sent for post mortem after the incident and no complaint has been made by the family, the SHO said.

Meanwhile, mental health experts said depression is treatable and suicide preventive.

"Teenagers and people in their early 20s could suffer from 'body dysmorphic disorder', a mental health condition in which one cannot stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in their appearance," Dr Kunal Kumar, Head of Department Psychiatry in Sharda University and Medical College, said.

"Such health conditions are very much treatable and preventable if first observers, like parents, recognise the behavioural changes in their kids and talk to them in order to not let the kids doubt their self-esteem," he said.

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