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Facebook is the favoured platform for expressing support to teacher

punjab Updated: Aug 24, 2012 16:58 IST
Sachin Sharma
Sachin Sharma
Hindustan Times

Facebook has emerged as the favoured platform for city's residents to express their outrage against the suicide of Akanksha Malhotra (30), a computer teacher, in Apeejay School.

Over 6,000 people have expressed their solidarity with the victim's family and sought justice for the deceased.

People from different walks of life including former as well as present students of Apeejay school, residents of city, students from other educational institutions and social activists have joined the social media campaign.

The Facebook page created in her memory (RIP Akanksha Malhotra' and 'Justice for Akanksha') are also emerged as a platform to bring attention to wider issues confronting women.

We all are with her, but Akanksha nu quit karan de than fight karna cahida c..hun v sari society us de support kar rai hay...jay oh jeondi rah kay women violence day against khari hundi tan shayad hor v vadi support mildi...but bahut galat hoya "

(We all are with Akanksha. She should not have quit. Had she waged a struggle against violence against women while being alive, she could have got more support. The sequence of events is shocking)," said public relations officer cum media coordinator at St Soldiers group of institutions in Jalandhar.

Putt vandaaun zaminaaa dhiyaaa dukh vandaaundiyaa ne so plz respect girls (Sons share the land but daughters share the sorrow, so respect the girls)," posted Love Leen.

Besides this, people have also been questioning the functioning of police in this case. "It's really shameful that our police allowed the culprits to escape," posted Raaghvi Sharma.

Bonny Rai (20), a former student of Apeejay school who created the web page 'RIP Akanksha Madam' said: "I and my sister Palak were so close to her that she used to come at our house in Bhagat Singh Nagar. She used to help us whenever required, that is the reason that even after leaving the school I was in contact with madam. It was her birthday on August 14 and I wished her over phone."

"Since I created this web page, I have been receiving phone calls from the former as well as present Apeejay school students to know what should be done in the future to ensure that culprits are punished," he said.

"What about others who commit suicide. Daily. Why was a candlelight not organised for the baby who died who died in civil hospital, Jalandhar. May be because she belonged to a poor family. Why didn't she lodge a complaint with police if her in-laws tortured her. Every problem has a solution. Committing suicide is not a solution. Think before taking this step. May her soul rest in peace," posted Sanjay Sehgal.