PhD scholar found dead in TISS hostel bathroom
A 33-year-old PhD student was found dead inside a hostel bathroom at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) on Saturday morning. Police suspect the victim, Sandeep Jedhe, 33, may have died due to a head injury sustained after slipping in the bathroom.
According to his friends, Sandeep Jedhe, 33, had attended a birthday celebration on the previous night. “He went to the bathroom in the morning and did not come out for a long time. As it was locked from inside, his roommate couldn’t open it,” said one of the students in the hostel.
The roommate then alerted other students who rushed to help. “I used a metal clothes hanger to prise the door open. Jedhe was lying on the floor and we tried to give him CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as we couldn’t feel his pulse. Aftewards, we rushed him to the hospital,” said Shrikant Borkar, a fellow PhD student.
Jedhe was taken to Zen Hospital in Chembur where he was declared dead on arrival. His body was later shifted to Ghatkopar’s Rajawadi Hospital for post-mortem.
“The students are in a state of shock,” said Asha Bano, dean of student affairs at TISS.
Jedhe’s mother and sister arrived at the hospital around 4 pm. They took his body to Satara for cremation. Jedhe was the family’s sole breadwinner after he lost his father in January.
Police said the hospital has conducted the autopsy and will release the report soon. “For now, we have registered an accidental death report,” said Prakash Salvi, senior inspector at Trombay police station.
Jedhe, whose family was traditionally engaged in manual scavenging, was doing his doctorate on the same subject. “He began his work on manual scavenging in 2008. A fellow of the Dalit Foundation, he even filed a PIL highlighting the plight of sanitation workers. He had a strong network and trained youths from his community,” a fellow PhD student said.
He said that Jedhe was struggling to meet ends as his fellowship money from BARTI (Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute) had been delayed. “When I met him two days ago, he said he only had Rs 800,” he said.
Source: Mumbai Mirror, Oct 07, 2018