Sharjah teen’s fall to death: Parents last saw her watching TV

Dhanusha Gokulan/Sharjah
Filed on July 28, 2020 | Last updated on July 28, 2020 at 06.25 am
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Initial investigations and interrogation of the family do not point to suicide as the cause of death.

A 15-year-old Indian girl fell to death from her third-floor apartment in Sharjah in the early hours of Sunday. Her family had last seen her watching television as they went to sleep. Her parents and twin sister were still sleeping when the police rang their doorbell to inform them about the tragedy.

Confirming the incident to Khaleej Times, the police said her body was found on a pavement next to the building in Al Taawun. A passer-by saw the body and informed the police.

“Initial investigations and interrogation of the family do not point to suicide as the cause of death. It could have been an accident. The case has been referred to the Sharjah Public Prosecution for further investigation,” said an officer from the Buhairah Police Station.

Paramedics and the police rushed her to Al Qasimia Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Later, the body was transferred to the forensic laboratory for an autopsy.

S.M. was a grade 10 student of an Indian school in Ajman. She had just completed her grade 9 in April. Sources said the family is parishioner of the Mar Thoma Church in Sharjah.

E.P. Johnson, president of the Sharjah Indian Association, has offered his “sincere condolences” to the family. “I have spoken to the child’s father and we are willing to extend all the support the family needs to overcome this horrific tragedy. The family wants to repatriate the girl’s mortal remains to India,” he said.

Highrise tragedies

>March 11, 2020: An autistic six-year-old fell to death from an open window of his family apartment on the 11th floor in Abu Shagarah
>December 12, 2019: A two-year-old girl fell to death from her eighth-floor apartment in Al Majaz 2
>December 11, 2019: A five-year-old girl died after falling from her ninth floor balcony in Dubai’s Al Nahda
>October 27, 2019: A 16-year-old girl fell to death from a highrise on the Sheikh Zayed Road as she tried to take a selfie,
>January 14, 2019: A 6-year-old child was injured after she fell from the second floor of an apartment in Fujairah’s Dibba
>December 8, 2018: A seven-year-old Arab girl fell to death from her fifth-floor family apartment in Sharjah 

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