The girl’s parents told the police that she was continuously watching videos related to astral travelling on YouTube for the past few days. (Representational image)
A 14-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide in Mumbai in her attempt to astral travel, as reported by Zee News. This incident is reminiscent of the mass suicide by 11 members of a family in Delhi’s Burari in June 2018. The minor girl has been identified as Shravanani, a resident of the Bhoiwada area, who committed suicide in an attempt to attain an out-of-body experience also known as astral travelling. The police said that the girl had attempted to take her own life on past instances as well, but was saved. The cops have registered a case and initiated an investigation, as reported by the news channel.
The girl’s parents told the police that she was continuously watching videos related to astral travelling on YouTube for the past few days. In fact, investigators found videos relating to astral travelling which have led them to believe the connection between them and the girl's death. Astral travel means a wilful out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of a soul or consciousness called an “astral body” that is separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside it throughout the universe. In order to experience the same, the 14-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide. As an investigation in the matter has been initiated, the police refused to divulge further details in the alleged suicide case.
On July 1 of last year, a family of 11 members was found dead at their home in the national capital's Burari area. Ten of the 11 members of a family, including minor children were found hanging from iron mesh of the ceiling on July 1 sending chills down the spine. The eldest in the family, 77-year-old Narayan Devi was found dead on the floor in the adjacent room. An investigation into the deaths later revealed that this was a case of 'shared psychosis'. The deceased were trying to imitate a ritual to contact their late patriarch which ultimately led to their deaths, revealed officials familiar with the matter.
In fact, the effect of the Burari incident prompted the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in New Delhi to constitute a 'psychology division' to deal with such cases involving mental health.