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How One Conversation With A Police Officer Stopped A Heartbroken Woman From Taking Her Life

She stood at the water's edge.

09/01/2017 2:10 PM IST | Updated 09/01/2017 4:04 PM IST
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A 24-year-old woman from Saharanpur stood at the water's edge on the verge of committing suicide. But something gave her a moment of pause and she turned to Google, which in turn led her to DIG (Deputy Inspector General of Police) Jitendra Kumar Shah in Uttar Pradesh.

The woman's boyfriend had left her due to family pressure and she had planned to drown herself in the Yamuna canal, The Times of India reported today. When she googled "how to commit suicide," the search engine threw up helpline numbers including Shah's, the newspaper reported. Following a conversation with the senior police official, who advised her to go for counseling, the woman visited him at his office.

"This girl was just deeply traumatized and wanted help. She made no allegations against her boyfriend and in fact spoke warmly of him. I asked the station officer of the women's police station to counsel the couple and look into the matter," Shah told TOI.

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Station Officer (SO) Prabha Singh told TOI that she had met with the woman as well as her boyfriend. "On the day the girl met the DIG, he sent her to me and I advised her to become stronger and that there was no need to be afraid of anybody," she told the newspaper.

India is among the countries with the highest suicide rates in the world.

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If you struggle with suicidal thoughts or attempts, call any of these helplines: Aasra (Mumbai) 022-27546669, Sneha (Chennai) 044-24640050, Sumaitri (Delhi) 011-23389090, Cooj (Goa) 0832- 2252525, Jeevan (Jamshedpur) 065-76453841, Pratheeksha (Kochi) 048-42448830, Maithri (Kochi) 0484-2540530, Roshni (Hyderabad) 040-66202000, Lifeline 033-64643267 (Kolkata).

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