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Nadia Ashraf, a student at Dr. Panjuani Center for Molecular Medicine, Commits Suicide on 16th August 2020.

Nadia Ashraf commits suicide

After years of struggle, organizations and activists have finally managed to start a conversation surrounding mental health. However, there is still a long way to go until we start treating it as a necessity rather than a luxury.

There is still a vast majority of Pakistanis who struggle with their mental well-being. It drives them to make unfortunate decisions, such as self-harm and suicide.

The recent example is of Nadia Ashraf, a doctoral student at Dr. Panjuani Center for Molecular Medicine. Nadia had been seeking her Ph.D. for the past 15 years but was sadly unable to get it.

Different outlets provide different reasons as to what led the aspirant to suicide. Nadia Ashraf commits suicide

Some say it was family and health issues, while others claim she was being harassed by a superior.

Either of the claims should not be disregarded, and a thorough inquiry should be launched to determine the real reason behind her unfortunate demise.

Pakistan has its fair share of flaws. But we can not afford to have talents like these become prey to mental illnesses such as depression and suicidal tendencies. We must ensure the availability of mental health facilities to the masses.

Both public and private institutions should work together to mitigate the plague that mental illness is from our country.

But let’s be real. There is a long way until such large-scale initiatives take place. As individuals, we must take an oath to have basic human decency and regard for others. We must not go out of our way to hurt others and cause harm. Be tolerant and compassionate. Our country has suffered enough. Break the cycle of judging and looking down on others.

For those who are struggling, always know you are not alone. Please reach out to a friend, a family member, or on the suicide hotline: 042-35761999.


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