‘#RushaanFarrukh, we failed you. Like we failed many before you’, a heart wrenching piece by Parizae Azhar

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Rushaan Farrukh,  student of visual arts at BNU reportedly committed suicide after jumping from the fourth floor of a building. She received serious injuries and was shifted to the hospital for treatment. However, she could not survive. She was stated to be a jolly, fun-loving and talented girl by her peers and colleagues. On the day of the incident, the victim climbed up to the fourth floor of the building in front of a large group of students. Reportedly, most of the them did not take the matter seriously. However, some did report the matter to the administration. After some time, she jumped from the building and died in a local hospital.

Parizae Azhar , a young and talented singer writes a heart-wrenching piece on the suicide of Rushaan Farrukh:

“She’s no more”, I tell my friend. She is gone. She left a void in me. Did I know her? No, I did not. Then why do I feel like my heart was ripped out and stomped upon?

Rushaan, we failed you. Like we failed many before you. Yet again, we as a society failed to acknowledge the fact that it exists. It is there. We don’t talk about it. We detest those who do. We call them attention seekers and when we lose one of them, we act as if we never heard their cries. The silent ones. The loud and clear ones. When we did. We heard all of them, we just didn’t care enough.

To the girl I did not know and will never know

""She’s no more", I tell my friend. She is gone. She left a void in me. Did I know her? No, I did not. Then why do I feel like my heart was ripped out and stomped upon?Rushaan, we failed you. Like we failed many before you. Yet again, we as a society failed to acknowledge the fact that it exists. It is there. We don’t talk about it. We detest those who do. We call them attention seekers and when we lose one of them, we act as if we never heard their cries. The silent ones. The loud and clear ones. When we did. We heard all of them, we just didn’t care enough. It is time that we start treating depression and other mental illnesses as real illnesses. It is time that we start accepting the fact that it is okay to talk about what goes in our broken, fractured and dark minds. We should be helping, not demeaning those who ask for help. Those who scream for help. Those who lose their voice because no one was ready to hear them. It is heart breaking. It is mind shattering. It is soul crushing. How many more till we realize that it is real. How many more?It is time to get rid of the stigma attached to mental illnesses. It is time to become more and more empathetic. Listen to those around you. Listen to the cries that are overshadowed by the bloody noise of this heartless world. Look for those who have lost their voice and will lose their life if they are not saved. Be sensitive. Be kind. Be the person you would want to have in your life when you will be going through a difficult time." – Shahbano Haseeb Naushahi

Posted by Parizae Azhar on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

It is time that we start treating depression and other mental illnesses as real illnesses. It is time that we start accepting the fact that it is okay to talk about what goes in our broken, fractured and dark minds. We should be helping, not demeaning those who ask for help. Those who scream for help. Those who lose their voice because no one was ready to hear them.

It is heart breaking. It is mind shattering. It is soul crushing.

How many more till we realize that it is real. How many more?

It is time to get rid of the stigma attached to mental illnesses. It is time to become more and more empathetic.

Listen to those around you. Listen to the cries that are overshadowed by the bloody noise of this heartless world. Look for those who have lost their voice and will lose their life if they are not saved.

Be sensitive. Be kind.

Be the person you would want to have in your life when you will be going through a difficult time.”

Here is what exactly happened?

Rushaan Farrukh’s last tweet:

 

Courtesy: Parizae Azhar & Misha Imam

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