Punished for refusing to surrender phone, student goes into depression

  • Milind Lashkari, Hindustan Times, BARWANI/ INDORE
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2016 16:36 IST

A college student went into depression after he was punished by his faculty and the examination superintendent for reading course material from his mobile phone. The incident took place at Gulab Bai Yadav Pharmacy College at Borawa village in Khargone district on Wednesday. The student, identified as 20-year-old Ankush Patil, a resident of Barwani district, is still in Barwani district hospital’s intensive care unit.

As per the victim’s claim, exam superintendent Nikhilesh Birla allegedly made him to move around every nook and corner of the college holding his ears and tell all the students and faculty members what he had done and why he was punished.

Patil is only son of his parents. His mother Chhabu Patil, a sub-inspector posted in Bharwani and also in-charge of Nirbhaya squad, said, “Earlier I thought it was my son’s fault, but after his friends narrated the whole incident to me and showed me a mobile clip prepared by one of them then only I believed what had happened with my son.”

According to Ankush, on June 6 when he was reading course material from his mobile phone ahead of his viva exam, Birla came to him and asked him to surrender his gadget to him. Ankush requested Birla to forgive him but refused to hand over gadget to him. After some time, Ankush came to know that the viva exam was postponed and it would be held on June 8.

When Ankush reached college next day, Birla took up the matter with college principal Sujit Pillai, who asked both Birla and Ankush to sort out the issue on their own.

As soon as the matter came to Birla, he asked Ankush to take round the college holding his ears and tell all the students and faculty members what he had done and why he was punished. Birla also threatened Ankush that he would lose a year if he disobeyed him.

Having no option before him, Ankush took a round of college. He went home and did not go to college next day.

On Saturday, some of his friends visited his house to enquire about his condition. When they took him to market along with them, he fainted there. They immediately took him to a hospital. Ankush, who is still in Barwani district hospital, said he doesn’t want to live anymore as his faculty left no option for him but to embrace death.

Meanwhile, when HT contacted Pillai to get his comment on this incident, he admitted that Birla punished Ankush after the latter refused to surrender his gadget before the examination. Pillai, however, claimed that Birla never told Ankush to take round of college campus holding his ears.

“As per the university law, students are not allowed to keep any gadget along with them during examination or viva exam. On June 6, Birla asked Ankush to surrender his gadget but he refused to do so. Birla did not allow him to appear for the examination, but fortunately viva was cancelled on that day. On June 8, Birla again asked him to surrender his gadget and once again this boy disobeyed his teacher’s order. Only after this, Birla punished him but he never asked this boy to take round of college holding his ears,” Pillai said.

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