Case filled for RU teacher suicide influencing

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A female teacher of Rajshahi University was found dead inside her campus quarters yesterday.

The deceased, Akter Jahan Joly, 45, was an associate professor of mass communication and journalism department.

Police recovered her body after breaking open the door of her room at Juberi Bhaban on the campus around 4:30pm.

Joly has been living alone at room no 303 of the Bhaban since her divorce two years ago.

Police also recovered a suicide note from the room, said Iftekhair Alam, assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP). The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the note.

The note reads, “No one is responsible for my death. I committed suicide due to physical and mental pressure.”

In the note, she also requested that her body be donated to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) instead of taking it to Dhaka.

Humayun Kabir, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station, said Joly was found lying on her bed inside a mosquito net.

“Her death is mysterious. We need to see the autopsy report before coming to any conclusion about her death as to whether it is a case of suicide, murder or natural death,” said the OC.

Police and colleagues close to the victim told this correspondent that Joly was suffering from tremendous mental pressure since her divorce and remarriage of her former husband with another teacher of the same department.

Her body was kept at Rajshahi Medical College mortuary for an autopsy.

Police went to Juberi Bhaban around 4:00pm following information from the RU administration. They first broke open a window of her room and saw her lying on the bed. Finding no response from her, police decided to break open the door, the OC said.

Later, Joly was taken to RMCH where doctors declared her dead, he added.

Mahinul Islam, an on-duty doctor at the RMCH, said, “She was taken to the hospital around 5:15pm. She had died hours before being taken to the hospital.”

Joly was scheduled to meet her son, who lives in the capital’s DOHS area, on Friday.

Swad phoned a few RU teachers yesterday noon, saying Jolly was not available on phone, said Proctor Mujibul Haque Azad Khan.

As we did not find her and saw her room locked from inside, we informed the police, said Mujibul.

Several of her colleagues in journalism department told this correspondent that Joly was the wife of Prof Tanveer Ahmad of the same department. Tanveer divorced her two years ago and married another teacher of the department.

Hearing the news of her death, many RU teachers gathered at the RMCH.

Joly’s autopsy will be performed today, said RMP AC Iftekhair.

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