Indian man invents ‘anti-suicide’ ceiling fan rods after model’s death

03:40 PM | 6 Apr, 2017
Indian man invents ‘anti-suicide’ ceiling fan rods after model’s death
MUMBAI - A man from the western Indian state of Maharashtra wants to save lives with his ‘anti-suicide’ ceiling fan rods.

Sharad Ashani, who previously worked with multinational design company Crompton Greaves as assistant general manager, says it was model Nafisa Joseph's suicide, in June 2004 that spurred him on to come up with this invention.

Ashani's plan to save lives hinges on the safety down rod. When someone tries to hang themselves, the rod disengages from the fan, and deposits the person safely on the ground.

Sharad Ashani giving a demo of how his 'anti-suicide' ceiling fan rod helps save a life.

Out of about 130,000 people who commit suicide in India each year, nearly 60,000 do so by hanging themselves, and the ceiling fan features in half of these suicides, according to data from the India’s National Crime Record Bureau.

“What I am doing is stopping people from accessing the most used avenue to commit suicides in the country," the Times of India quoted Ashani as saying.

The rod comes with an unlatching mechanism that is activated the moment the load on the fan exceeds a determined value.

"The spring expands and the person lands on the ground safety without the motor housing or blades causing injuries. This is my way of giving back to society,” says Ashani, whose idea was one of the winners of Mahindra's Spark The Rise competition, in 2011.

Last week the electrical engineer, a Mulund resident, sought approval from the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises to incorporate 'wiring' into his safety down rod.

The 61-year-old has so far produced over 100 rods, and says that his firm is equipped to build about 10,000 units a month.

He is also open to donating rods to hostels, and will soon start meeting fan manufacturers to gauge their interest.

He plans to market his safety down rod under the brand name of 'Gold Life' .

The writer is a member of the staff.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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