More than 400 students from various Delhi University colleges staged a demonstration outside Amity University on Tuesday after a student committed suicide on April 24 at the Gurgaon campus.
The deceased, Dana Sangma, the niece of Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, was allegedly caught cheating during an exam. The authorities then took her aside to a separate room for 15 minutes, students said. Protesters questioned the college management about what happened during that interrogation that Dana took the extreme step of killing herself.
Mukul Sangma's daughter Miani Shiera also took part in the protest.
Students have held the college management responsible for Dana's suicide. For three hours, protestors raised slogans outside the Amity University campus accusing the authorities of discrimination against student from the North-east states. They asked college officials to come forward and answer their questions. "How can she use the internet if her mobile phone was in her pocket? The university is cooking up stories. Dana was sitting in the first row near the door and no one can dare to cheat in front of an invigilator. Her answer sheet was taken away and she was taken to the examination controller's room. There six committee members questioned her, humiliated her and ultimately forced her to take the extreme step," one of her classmates said.
However, Amity University officials have raised concerns over this version.
"Dana had reached the examination centre 10-15 minutes late. She had commented on a post on Facebook at 10.39am while the exam had started at 10.30am. This means she was accessing internet on her phone and was probably disturbed over something. She had answered just one question in one hour before being caught cheating at 11.45am," said a university official.
On the other hand, students told the media that the university management had asked them to tender an apology letter for posting comments on Facebook. And, if they continued doing so, their internal marks would not be released, officials have allegedly threatened.
"I don't use Facebook so I am not aware of any comments posted on it. We had kept a condolence meeting on Friday at 1:45pm and candles were placed under a tree in prayer. We are waiting for the investigation report by the police. If anyone is found guilty, strict action will be taken," said Major General (retired) BS Suhag of Amity University.