Bhopal, July 10: A woman official of the Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Department died allegedly by suicide in her home in the intervening nights of Tuesday-Wednesday, a police official said. Pooja Thapak, aged around 30, was posted as the pubic relations officer (PRO) of the state's panchayat, rural development and labour minister Prahlad Patel, the official said.

She hanged herself in her house apparently after a family dispute, the official said. However, the exact cause behind the extreme step is not yet clear, he said. Madhya Pradesh Shocker: Couple and Their Three Children Found Hanging in House; Cops Suspect Suicide.

When her husband found Pooja Thapak hanging, he rushed her to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhopal, where doctors declared her dead, the official said. Madhya Pradesh Shocker: Man Thrashes, Drags Mentally Ill Father in Shivpuri, Disturbing Video Surfaces.

She is survived by her one-year-old son and husband, sources in the PR department said. The PR department held a condolence meeting and appreciated her work, the official said. Further investigation is underway, the official added.

Suicide Prevention or Mental Health Helpline Numbers:

Tele Manas (Ministry of Health) – 14416 or 1800 891 4416; NIMHANS – 080-46110007; Peak Mind – 080-456 87786; Vandrevala Foundation – 9999 666 555; Arpita Suicide Prevention Helpline – 080-23655557; iCALL – 022-25521111 and 9152987821; COOJ Mental Health Foundation (COOJ) – 8322252525.

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