Mystery shrouding death of a girl student at a hostel in University Maharani College here last week continued on Monday. Komal Prajapat, 18, was found hanging in her hostel room by her roommate on Thursday morning.
In their complaint, the girl’s family has alleged that she was being harassed by the warden and some seniors.
“Although prima facie it seems to be a case of suicide, we are not ruling out other angles. We are also investigating if the girl was being harassed by anybody,” said Ram Chandra, the head constable at Ashok Nagar police station.
He said police were recording statements of the victim’s family, her hostel mates and the warden. Police are also going through Prajapat’s phone call records.
Pieces of a torn letter, believed to be a suicide note, have been recovered from her room. The pieces were sent to a forensic science laboratory for examination.
On Monday, BJP Mahila Morcha state unit president Madhu Sharma visited the girls’ hostel. “Students are under a lot of pressure regarding their studies. What they need is proper counseling and values,” said Sharma.
College principal Alpana Kateja said Prajapat never approached the college’s counseling cell.
“Her fellow students say that she was scared of appearing for the BA first year exams which started on Monday. She had Hindi literature, geography and drawing in class 12 and had scored 85% in the board exams. In BA, she had chosen English literature and her friends say that she was very worried about her performance,” said Kateja.
RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Congress’ student wing National Students Union of India held protests against alleged negligence of the university administration.
Meanwhile, the university constituted a committee to prepare a report on the incident. The committee was asked to give recommendations regarding prevention of such incidents in future.