In an unfortunate incident reported from Parel, Mumbai, a 42-year-old banker allegedly jumped to death from his Ashok Tower apartment on Friday morning. Prima facie investigation reveals that the deceased was suffering from depression and was undergoing medical treatment, police said.
Shlok Kapoor was a senior vice-president at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation at BKC. He has earlier worked with Barclay’s as a director and also with Standard Chartered Bank. Kapoor who hails from Dehradun, also spent few years working in Singapore. The banker had shifted to Mumbai in 2019.
He is survived by wife and two children.
According to police, at around 10.30 am, a security guard of the society noticed a person lying on the lawn. When he went to have a closer look, he was shocked to find a man in a pool of blood.
The guard immediately alerted the police who rushed the victim to KEM Hospital. However, he was declared dead on arrival. The preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased may have jumped from the refuge area, on the 27th floor, reported Mid-day.
Jitendra Pawar, senior inspector at Bhoiwada police station, said,
He (Kapoor) was reeling under work pressure for the past two-three months. He had visited a psychiatrist at Gamdevi and was undergoing treatment for a couple of months.
Vijay Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 4) added,
As per the family, he was under depression and was taking medical assistance for the same. A suicide note has been found in his diary, which states that he holds no one responsible for this extreme step.
Patil also said,
The police also added that they have recovered Kapoor’s dairy in which he has allegedly apologised for taking such an extreme step. The suicide note is of three lines in which he has said that he is sorry.
An accidental death report has been filed in the matter.
Men’s Day Out reached out to some of his friends and ex-colleagues who remember Shlok as a cheerful, sober and stable person. However, none of them had any inkling of what Kapoor was going through. There were no signs of him being depressed in front of his friends and also he never confided in any friend about his condition.
We, at MDO, have always maintained that the biggest problem in India is that we have created several platforms, forums, opportunities for women to express their problems, but left our Men with the tag of being “Man Enough Who Cannot Emote”, while resting all responsibilities of being the provider for the home.
There may be several ups and downs in one’s professional life, but the same should not be looked upon as end of life due to any peer pressure. Men must be allowed to pursue their passion, balancing out their family and personal life.
At present in India, we have burdened our Men with too many expectations and when one is not able to tick mark all the boxes, some end up taking such extreme steps.
Lets treat depression as normal condition which may occur in people just like diabetes, blood pressure, etc. We urge Men to speak up, confide in your friends about your condition, without any fear or stigma of labels being thrown at you.
Suicide is an action taking at that spur of the moment, which sadly cannot be undone. Rest in Peace Shlok…..
Suicide Prevention Contact Details:
Men in distress due to family problems and threats of false cases can contact either of the NGOs listed here: Men Welfare Trust, MyNation Hope Foundation, Save Indian Family Foundation, Vaastav Foundation
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