Two women were found dead on Wednesday at IIT Madras. The victims were identified as P. Maheswari, 34, a research scholar and Vijaya Lakshmi, 47, wife of a professor.
According to the police, the deaths seems to be prima facie case of suicides. Both women were found hanging in their rooms at the Indian Institute of Technology's Madras campus. The police suspect “family issues” may have driven the victims to take the extreme step.
However, the police have launched an investigation to ascertain the motive behind the victims committing suicide.
Condoling the scholar's death, IIT-M announced full cooperation to officials in the investigation.
"IIT, Madras, reports with deep sadness the death of a post-doctoral research scholar in the campus. The scholar's family has been informed. The institute is taking necessary action and extending full cooperation to civil authorities," it said in a statement.
"The institute extends its deep felt condolences to the family and the near and dear ones of the scholar for the unfortunate, untimely and devastating loss," it said without divulging any further detail.
IIT-M had witnessed suicide of two students in September and October last year.