Suicide Of IIT-IIM Graduate With ‘Perfect’ Job Starts Convo On Mental Health Of Employees

25-year-old Saurabh Kumar Ladda has a CV that is the dream of several Indians and corporate employees. He completed his BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from IIM Calcutta. He was working as a Junior Associate at McKinsey & Company. However, recently, Saurabh Kumar Ladda died by suicide.

According to Moneycontrol, he allegedly jumped from the ninth-floor balcony of his apartment in Wadala, Mumbai. Authorities have cited “pressure at his workplace” as the reason behind his death.

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“He had gone to Ahmedabad for work and after he returned around 10.30 pm, he allegedly went to the balcony and jumped,” a police officer revealed.

His flatmates, family and close ones are being interrogated to understand the kind of mental state he was in when he committed the act. The police have come across a few messages wherein he spoke about experiencing work pressure.

However, Saurabh’s death has started a much-needed conversation about toxic work culture and the importance Indian society places on academic excellence that oftentimes leaves no room for personal joy and fulfilment.

Several people online have been talking about how company owners stress the importance of working 70 hours a week to further our country’s economy but place little to no importance on the mental health of employees. Here’s a look at what people have been saying:

Such a promising talent has been lost. We wish his family and loved ones strength during this tough time.

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