Senior citizen jumps to his death from the 19th floor
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Senior citizen jumps to his death from the 19th floor

Neighbours say Vijay Kumar, a retired Indian Railway Traffic Service employee living in Amrapali Platinum in Sector 119, Noida, suffered from depression and had been experiencing marital discord of late.

Senior citizen jumps to his death from the 19th floor

A 65-year-old resident of Amrapali Platinum in Sector 119, Noida, jumped to his death from his flat, 1904 A, on the 19th floor. Vijay Kumar, a former employee of Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), took this extreme step around 1 am last night, when his family was asleep.

Kumar was living with his wife, son and daughter-in-law. According to neigbours, ever since Kumar retired in 2011, he had been suffering from depression. He had also been quarrelling with his wife of late. 

Sunil Saxena, his immediate neighbour, told City Spidey, "A few days ago, I heard shouts and screams from his flat. It seemed he had had a fight with his wife. Ever since, he looked very sad. He also seemed unusually quiet on his morning and evening walks."

According to Sumitra Sinha, another resident, things were not going well with his wife, Usha. "We could make out he was unhappy with his marital situation,” she observed.

Pankaj Panth, SHO, Noida Phase 3, told City Spidey that the police had not found a suicide note. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

Confirming marital discord, he said, “According to our initial investigation, the couple was not on the best of terms. However, we have to wait for the post-mortem report before coming to a conclusion. At present, we are talking to family members to gain a better understanding of the situation."

Dr MK Jain, a psychiatrist, told City Spidey that retirement usually brings about a drastic change in lifestyle, which can, in some cases, lead to depression. People who suffer from depression often describe it as "living in a black hole". A state of mind in which the patient fights an engulfing sense of loneliness, it tends to make him or her stay in seclusion, away from the crowd, and experience severe mood swings. Such people can, at times, exhibit suicidal tendencies.

Pointing out that there has been a marked increase in depression-related suicide cases in urban areas of late, psychiatrists said it may be possible to bring down the number of such incidents in apartments if neighbours reached out to patients and engaged with them.