A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD grade 1 pupil of Sinda District in Eastern Province has hanged herself.

Eastern Province acting deputy Police Commanding Officer Kennedy Chibwe confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as Georgina Phiri of Malinda village, in Sinda district.

Chibwe said the Phiri committed suicide by hanging herself to a tree using a fibre rope.

Brief facts are that on Wednesday, Phiri went to the field with her grandmother, Gertrude Phiri, aged 57 of the same village.

He said around 11:00 hours, the grandmother advised her to go home and prepare for school.

“When the grandmother got home, later on, the victim was reported missing until Friday, 10th March, when the body was found hanging on a tree,” Chibwe said.

The deputy Police Commanding Officer said no foul play is suspected in the matter and that family members had been advised to bury the body.

On Monday, Chibwe said cases of suicide in the province were on the rise and advised members of the public to share their problems with family or church leaders rather than resorting to suicide.