The spate of student suicides continued with three more deaths on Monday. A Class 9 student of Saint Joseph school in Juhu allegedly committed suicide after being suspended from school for a day for bunking class.
In another case, 20-year-old Ashwinkumar Shukla, a second year Bachelor of Science student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence at Nallasopara.
Shukla, a native of UP and son of a farmer, was staying with his uncle. The police could not ascertain the reason for the
suicide. The police are recording statements of various people to find out why he took the step.
In the third case, 17-year-old Reshim Girish Kasbe hanged himself at his Nehru Nagar residence.
Shukla and Kasbe did not leave suicide notes.
Kasbe was a Class 12 student of Ambedkar College, Wadala. Police said when Kasbe’s mother returned home from work on Monday evening, she knocked on the door but did not get a response. “She looked through the window and saw her son hanging,” said Senior Police Inspector Prakash Kale. “We have not yet recorded his parents’ statements but we feel that he could have done this out of fear of failing in exams.”
In the first case, Rajesh Yadav (16) hanged himself after his principal reprimanded for staying away from school. Yadav skipped school on Friday but his class teacher, Vijaya Hegde, saw him idling away his time at a bus stop near the school. He was dressed in his uniform.
Hegde informed the school’s Principal Sister Beena C J, who summoned Yadav’s father Ramnarayan, a tile polisher, on Monday morning. She suspended Yadav for a day.
Minutes after Yadav’s father dropped him home, his five-year-old brother rushed to tell his mother that ‘bhai’ (brother) was up to something. “Before my wife could react, Rajesh had already hanged himself,” said Ramnarayan.
Yadav’s classmates alleged that the principal constantly threatened with them dismissal from school for the “smallest” of reasons. Students also alleged that the principal has suspended many students. The principal denied the allegations. “It was our to duty to bring to the notice of the parents that their child was bunking class, said Beena.
Another student alleged that Yadav had been insulted in school earlier. “We are investigating all angles,” said Senior Police Inspector Deepak Kathkade, Juhu police station.
Parents demanded action against the principal and teachers. The police had to pacify them.