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Friday, July 29, 2011

Some more suicides

Actor ends life in Goregaon
Nitasha Natu, TNN Jul 12, 2011, 01.23am IST

MUMBAI: A 31-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself at her Goregaon (W) residence early on Monday.

Vijaya Rawat, the deceased, has also been cast in small roles on television. Police officials said Rawat was depressed and had attempted suicide in the past.

"Rawat stayed in a rented flat on Ram Mandir Road. She was divorced and stayed alone. No suicide note was found," a police officer said.

Engg prof jumps off college building over 'spinal illness'
Nitasha Natu, TNN Jul 23, 2011, 12.59am IST

MUMBAI: A 42-year-old assistant professor committed suicide on Friday morning by jumping off the seventh floor of an engineering college at Chembur where she taught. Rachana Shah left behind a suicide note where she stated that she suffered from a spinal ailment and pain in the upper back, and that she couldn't bear it any longer.

Shah had been teaching electronics at the Shah and Anchor Kutchhi Engineering College at Panjrapole since the past 12 years. She lived with her husband and 15-year-old daughter at Ghatkopar.

A part of her suicide note was in English and was addressed to the police and the rest of it was in Gujarati, and consisted of instructions for her family members. The note was recovered from her belongings.

His wife thinks he's a little nuts but his students think he's pretty cool.

Assistant professor of Occupational Therapy Rashid Kashani rappelled down 29 storeys from the roof of the Sutton Place Hotel on Sept. 7.

"I'm actually afraid of heights. Terrified!" said Kashani from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. "But it's for a good cause, one I personally believe in."

The event is called Drop Zone, a fundraiser for Easter Seals, an organization that helps individuals with disabilities and special needs through service, education, outreach and advocacy.

"My former clients received help from Easter Seals through their equipment program and I wanted to show my support this way," Kashani said with a grin. He exceeded the fundraiser's proposed goal of $1500 and raised $1700. His team of four raised over $7000.The money raised helps provide equipment and services to Albertans with disabilities and special needs.

Kashani also wanted the chance to be in his clients' shoes. "My patients use various equipment to deal with their disabilities and live independently. They need to trust the equipment and the professional recommending it. By doing this, I am in the same boat. I need to put trust in the equipment and the experts too."

Easter Seals is still accepting Drop Zone donations through Sept. 30 at

About the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
As the only free standing faculty of rehabilitation in Canada, the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine balances its activities among learning, discovery and citizenship (including clinical practice). A research leader in musculoskeletal health, spinal cord injuries and common spinal disorders (back pain), the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine aims to improve the quality of life of citizens in our community. The three departments, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) offer professional entry programs. The Faculty offers thesis-based MSc and PhD programs in Rehabilitation Science, attracting students from a variety of disciplines including OT, PT, SLP, psychology.


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