A Class 7 student of a government school allegedly committed suicide at her home in west Delhi’s Vishnu Garden hours after attending a parent-teacher meeting at her school with her mother.
Though no suicide note was recovered from the room where the 12-year-old hanged herself to death, police said she had been scolded by her mother and teacher for not focussing on studies.
The parent-teacher meeting was organised by the Delhi government at state-run schools across the city. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged suicide.
Education department officials, however, said they had no details of the incident. “I do not know who has linked the suicide with the parent-teacher meeting,” one official said. Authorities at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in west Delhi’s Khyala, too, denied knowledge of the incident.
The death came to light around 1pm when the mother went to call the girl for lunch and found the room locked from inside. When repeated knocks went unanswered, she called her neighbours who broke open the door. “The girl was found hanging from the ceiling fan. She used a stole to hang herself,” said Deependra Pathak, joint commissioner of police (southwest).