Death of minor girl in TVM: Kin alleges mental torture by religious teacher

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Thiruvananthapuram: A 17-year-old girl was found dead inside a library of a religious institution in Balaramapuram, police said on Monday.

The deceased has been identified as Asmiya Mol, a resident of Beemapally in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Alleging mental torture of the girl by a teacher at the institution, the deceased's mother has filed a complaint at Balarampuram police station. A case has been registered under section 174 of CrPc (suicide), police said, adding they have started the investigation.

The deceased, a student at a Islamic religious study centre near Balaramapuram, was staying in the hostel.

According to Balaramapuram police, Asmiya Mol called her mother on Saturday afternoon and asked to take her back home.

"Her mother reached the institution at around 4.30 pm. She was asked to get permission [from higher authorities to take the girl home]. Around 6.30 pm, she was informed that the girl was found hanging inside the library. Her mother took her to a private hospital in Neyyattinkara. She was declared dead on arrival at 7 pm," police said.

The girl's uncle Tajudeen told ANI that she came home during Ramzan and told her mother that a new teacher in the institution was harassing her mentally.

"She returned to the institution on May 2 and complained to her mother again about the teacher. After reporting the matter to the administration, the teacher asked her mother why Asmiya did not complain to him instead," he said.

The family is demanding a proper investigation into the case, police said.

"We came to know from the media that 135 students were studying there. The primary report says it was hanging. We want to know what prompted her to kill herself. What were the problems she faced there? We want to know who was behind her death," the deceased's uncle added.

With ANI inputs

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