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'Need tougher law to protect N-E students'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 30, 2012
First Published: 23:43 IST(30/4/2012) | Last Updated: 01:59 IST(1/5/2012)

A week after his niece committed suicide in her hostel room in Gurgaon, Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma on Monday demanded that the existing laws be enforced stringently and a strict follow-up be carried out. He also demanded a new legislation to deal with “instances of discrimination and atrocities” against students from these states.

Dana Sangma, a 23-year-old MBA student at Amity University, committed suicide after an invigilator found a cell phone in her pocket during the annual examination. Dana's answer sheet was allegedly torn up, and she was asked to leave the room. Dana had allegedly committed suicide because she felt humiliated by this treatment.

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Speaking on the issue, Sangma said there was a need for regulation of universities and institutes in the country.

“They often end up ignoring the issues of safety and balanced development of students due to mindless pursuit of name and money. We have to ensure that our students are comfortable, safe and secure. The law should act as a deterrent for all those with limited knowledge of the diversity of the nation,” he said.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/01-05-pg-10e.jpg

According to sources at Amity University, Dana's roommate had complained to the college warden that she was being disturbed by the former’s phone calls in the middle of the night. Dada was reportedly upset for a few days before the suicide.

In an official statement, Amity University officials said, “There are more than 500 students from the North-East studying… till date we have not received even one complaint of discrimination.  There can be no discrimination based on caste, creed, religion or gender…”

The Gurgaon police have sent Dana's mobile phone to the Madhuban Forensic Lab for analysis. Her call records are currently being examined.


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