Bengaluru:  A 21-year-old Bhutanese girl student studying at the Acharya School of Design in Soladevanahalli, north Bengaluru, was found dead in her college hostel room on Thursday (May 2).

Karma Dema’s suicide came to light when her roommates returned to the hostel during lunch break. Dema lived in the hostel with three other friends who saw her leaving the college at around 12:15 pm. They found her room locked from inside.

They repeatedly knocked on the door and tried calling her but she didn’t respond to them. Filled with worry, they summoned the college authorities and the security personnel who broke open the door and brought her body down. Dema's body was found hanging from the ceiling inside her hostel room. The hostel management alerted the police.

Since a suicide note wasn’t found near her body, police say the reason behind her suicide is unknown, indicating further probe.

After hearing the news, Karma Dema’s parents, TB Chetri and Nerupa arrived in Bengaluru on Friday (May 3). Dema’s parents were in a state of shock as Nerupa had spoken to her just a day earlier and she could sense no signs of suicidal thoughts. 

Dema had told her friends that she wanted to pursue a career in journalism but her father had forced her to build a career in interior design. Dema’s sister had also taken her own life a few years ago in Bhutan.

The body was taken to Saptagiri Medical College Hospital mortuary. A case of unnatural death has been registered. After autopsy, the body was handed over to Bhutan embassy officials.