A Bahria University Student In Islamabad Committed Suicide Due To Alleged Discrimination On Campus
News of a Bahria University student – Saqib Hussain – who was in the Electrical Engineering Department committing suicide has spread like wildfire on social media.
According to the posts on social media made by those claiming to have known Saqib, he committed suicide because of the constant discrimination he faced by being visibly Sindhi at Bahria University’s Islamabad campus.
In the note Saqib left behind, he allegedly mentioned the names of the two teachers who caused him the most amount of pain which led him to make the final decision to end his own life. According to tweets by several people, Saqib felt he was being discriminated against by his teachers because of his ethnicity.
He was failed 4 times in one subject by two teachers which he felt was unfair.
A friend on mine who commits suicide yesterday left this letter for us to upload this on social media. As he mentioned that a reason of my suicide is *Bahria University* and specially these 2 teachers, who failed him consecutively 4 times in 1 subject. #RIP#JusticeWithSaqibHakro pic.twitter.com/gLnXJFRzCH
— Shahrukh Khan (@thekhantales) July 8, 2019
In his heartbreaking suicide note, he holds the university, and more specifically, his two teachers responsible for causing him to end his life. In his letter, he gives permission to post it on social media, and asks that no one say anything to his parents but blame Bahria University.
You may post this letter on socialmedia, please don’t say anything to my parents they fully supported me, the system of BahriaUniversity is totally corrupt, and Bahria University is responsible for this whole thing#JusticeWithSaqibHakro@AbbasiMehwish @ShamaJunejo @NaziaMemon01 pic.twitter.com/0wnFdjj41k
— #JusticeWithSaqibHakro (@khalidkoree) July 9, 2019
And now, people are demanding justice for the death of Saqib Hakro; whose only crime was allegedly being Sindhi.
Wearing Sindhi Ajrak and Topi became the crime of Saqib Hakro, student Bahria University, Islamabad.
The discriminatory attitude of faculty compelled the only son to parents commit suicide. We condemn the responsible teachers and demand thorough inquiry #JusticeWithSaqibHakro pic.twitter.com/zwWFrP7BP2
— shams (@shams02258341) July 8, 2019
— Sher Ali Samoon (@sheralisamoon02) July 9, 2019
Honestly, how many students will need to lose their lives before there is a major overhaul in the way institutions function? It’s high time institutes take a hard look at their own policies and behaviors towards students.