Girl jumps to death — (The Times of India)

SSRI Ed note: Woman loses job, is prescribed antidepressants, jumps to her death from a building.

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The Times of India

TNN | Dec 12, 2007, 01.51 AM IST

KOLKATA: A BPO employee, depressed due to work pressure and the shock of losing a plum job, sneaked into Sector V’s Infinity Building on Tuesday afternoon and jumped to her death from the ninth floor. Jayita Ghosh did not leave behind any suicide note ­ just a bag full of cash and a passport photograph of hers.

The victim’s face was smashed beyond recognition and police failed to identify her until her father spotted the photograph being flashed on news channels. Thirty-five-year-old Jayita was a resident of Jodhpur Park and had worked in several BPO firms, including Wipro. Police say she was under medication for depression after losing her job two months ago.

On Tuesday, the sacked infotech employee left home without informing anybody and headed for Infinity Building ­ which has become synonymous with Bengal’s IT revolution. Clad in fashionable jeans and a T-shirt, she evaded security at the gates, took an elevator to the ninth floor, tiptoed barefoot up the fire escape and took the death leap from a window, still clutching on to her bag.

It was around 12.15 pm that people noticed Jayita lying in a pool of blood near the parking lot of Infinity Building. They took her to a private nursing home where she was declared dead.

Her sandals were found near the elevator on the ninth floor and a search of her bag yielded Rs 10,000 and the photograph of a woman. The nine-storey fall had disfigured her so badly that police couldn’t be sure if it was the picture of the victim. From the way her face was smashed, investigators suspect she fell on her head and died instantly.

Till late evening, police failed to gather much information on her. All they found was that she did not work in Infinity Building. A search of other offices in the vicinity also drew a blank. Police were puzzled that no one had claimed the body yet and there was no missing person’s report either. “We initially suspected that she was an employee of one of the private companies in Sector V, but nobody seemed to have any clue about her,” said Asok Biswas, Bidhannagar additional SP.

“There was no identification document. We decided to reconstruct the smashed face to match the photograph found in the purse,” a police officer said.

Late in the evening, her father Ashis Kumar Ghosh was surfing the television when his daughter’s face was flashed on a local news channel. Shocked beyond words, he reached for the phone and informed police. He later positively identified the body. It has been sent for post-mortem.

Neighbours said Jayita was always lively and they never felt there was anything wrong with her. “I know her since her birth. She was a very normal, cheerful girl,” said Anil Pillai, a close neighbour.

The incident brings to light the killer pressures of working and struggling to retain one’s job in the 24×7 sector. Unlike other countries, India still lacks a safety net for employees sacked from the industry that has triggered the current economic boom.

The suicide has forced Infinity Building to review its security measures. Though CCTV cameras are mounted at the main entrance, screening of visitors is done on a random basis and guards don’t have to note down the identity of every visitor. “Such a thing has never happened before in Sector V. We are evaluating our internal security system,” said Piyush Goenka, manager, Infinity Infotech Parks Limited.