A19-year-old Indian international student is believed to have taken her life in Auckland. Ravija Sharma’s body was found on Friday, February 3 in what is believed to be a suspected case of suicide.

A family friend of Ms Sharma from Kanpur, India and currently living in Auckland informed the High Commission about the incident. Ms Sharma’s mother came to New Zealand for her daughter’s cremation as it was hard for her to take the body back to India, being a lone parent.

Ms Sharma’s funeral service was conducted at a private ceremony at South Auckland Funeral Services in Otahuhu and cremation was held at Manukau Memorial Gardens on Thursday, February 9.

The Indian High Commission in New Zealand has been in touch with the family and providing them with the required assistance.

“We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate incident. Our condolences are with the family in deep grief. May her soul rest in peace,” Sanjiv Kohli, High Commissioner of India in New Zealand said.

“We are trying to help the family as much as we can. We are arranging documentation and visas for the mother and making arrangements for the ashes to be taken back to India. Whatever help they need, we are there for them in this time of grief,” Mr Kohli added.

Constable Deepak Kalra of the NZ Police is also providing support to the lone mother and assisting her to make arrangement for the ashes to be taken back to India, where the last rites for Ms Sharma will be performed.

Ms Sharma hailed from Kanpur, India and was a single child. She was studying BA Honours at one of the most prestigious educational institute of India—Sri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi when she decided to go for a career in creative writing and came to New Zealand four months ago to study Creative Writing at the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland.

She is survived by her mother who is a professor of Physics at an institute in Meerut, India while her father passed away when she was young.

“From what I know, Ravija was an introvert but exceptionally creative and extraordinary girl,” the family friend who is also helping the distressed mother, told Indian Weekender.

Indian Weekender is following up the incident and will update the readers through our website www.iwk.nz and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Indianweekender), as more details are known.

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