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Boy who jumped to death in UAE suffered from psychological condition: Police

Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah
Filed on November 24, 2019 | Last updated on November 24, 2019 at 04.58 pm
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The Arab teenager was undergoing treatment at a Sharjah clinic for over a year.

A 16-year-old boy who fell to death from his fourth-floor apartment in Sharjah on Saturday had committed suicide, the police have said. The Grade 11 student, identified as Ramiz, suffered from a "psychological disorder", the police said as they referred the case to the public prosecution for further investigations.

The Arab teenager was undergoing treatment at a Sharjah clinic for over a year, a top official told Khaleej Times. "When the father was questioned, he told us about his son's condition and gave us his medical file."

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The incident was reported at 12.45pm in Al Qasimia. On being notified, the police rushed the boy to Al Kuwaiti Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He sustained critical injuries to his skull and suffered from internal bleeding.

An official at the forensic laboratory said there were no signs of torture or bruises on the body. After the autopsy, the body was handed over to the family.

Boy laid to rest

A pall of gloom has descended over Al Qasimia, where residents expressed shock over the incident. Family members, Ramiz's classmates, friends and teachers gathered at Al Sahabah Mosque after the Asr prayer to offer the funeral prayers. He was laid to rest in Sharjah.

A relative said the boy was "the glue of our family". "He was funny, handsome, gracious and kind."

School in shock 

Rolla Nasab, principal of Al Noor International School, where Ramiz studied, said he was a good student. "He had joined during this academic year (September). He was transferred from another school. During his time here, we did not find anything abnormal in his behaviour."

The principal said he had never complained about anything. "The school has highly qualified social workers and counsellors to deal with students and their emotional problems. He was not referred to these specialists because he never asked for assistance," Nasab added.

A classmate of his said Ramiz was a brilliant student. "He usually excelled in the exams and was loved by his classmates. He was the math teacher's pet."

Mazin Ahmed, who attended the funeral, said he used to hang out with Ramiz in Al Qasimia area. "We went to the Global Village recently. I still have the video from that outing in which Ramiz is making jokes and laughing, and dancing. I can't believe he is no more."

This is the second incident of its kind in the emirate in under a year. A 14-year-old Arab boy died after he jumped off the balcony of his 15th floor apartment in Al Majaz area in March. Police investigations revealed that the boy was pulled up by his parents for playing video games for an hour.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com

Afkar Abdullah


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