Malappuram student commits suicide allegedly over missing online class
Malappuram: Unable to bear the sadness of not being able to attend the online class which began on Monday, a Class X student of Irumbiliyam GHSS, Devika took her life by setting herself ablaze, according to her parents.
Later, her body was found in a burnt state after the family began searching for her. Her suicide note was also found in the same place where she committed suicide. “I’m leaving” is what she wrote in her suicide letter.
One of Devika’s teacher said that her family struggles financially. They live in a Dalit colony and they suffered a lot during the lockdown period. Her father, who is a daily wage worker, could not go for work due to his medical condition.
The teachers in her school were planning to start a school-centered arrangements for those students who did not have access to online classes. They said that she committed suicide as she was scared whether her studies would be halted due to the lack of facilities.
Speaking to IANS, local legislator Abid Hussain Thangal said this sad episode could have been avoided had proper arrangements for students who have no access to TV or mobile phones been taken care of.
"We had raised this aspect with the education authorities but do not think, there were any arrangements for those who did not have a TV or a smart phone. She was a very bright student," said Thangal.
The autopsy would be conducted later at the state-run Manjeri Medical College hospital and would be handed to the family to conduct the last rites.