Delhi: Class 9 student kills self over ‘academic stress’; 2 teachers, principal booked
The parents of the 15-year-old girl said she used to tell them that her teachers want to fail her. She had also complained that teachers touched her inappropriately. No suicide note was found.noida Updated: Mar 21, 2018 23:43 IST
Police have filed a case of sexual harassment against two teachers of a private school in Delhi as well as abetting the suicide of a 15-year-old student in her Noida home on Tuesday, after accusations that the girl was under stress as they allegedly touched her inappropriately and failed her in exams.
According to police, no suicide note was found near the body but several sentences scribbled by the Class 9 student on a notebook found in her room show she was under stress over her studies.
“She had mentioned a few things. We are probing it as part of our overall investigation. We will take action in accordance with the facts from our investigation. Police are in touch with the family,” said Ajay Pal Sharma, the Gautam Budh Nagar senior superintendent of police.
Though no arrests were made till Wednesday night, the two teachers and the principal of the school in Mayur Vihar Phase 1 face charges of abetting the suicide based on a complaint from the girl’s parents.
The principal dismissed the allegations as false and baseless, saying “such a thing never happened … we are with the family at this moment”.
The family alleged that poor scores in two subjects prompted the girl, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan around 6pm when she was alone in her home, to kill herself.
“My daughter was under extreme stress for the past two months as she used to tell us that her teachers want to fail her. She had also complained to me a month ago that her teachers touch her inappropriately,” her father said in his complaint.
He said her results were declared on March 16 and she got a score of seven in social studies and failed by two marks in science. “Which student gets seven marks in a subject? The teachers have intentionally forced my daughter to commit suicide by mentally and physically torturing her,” he alleged.
Police visited the school and questioned the two teachers and the principal on Wednesday. Provisions of the stringent “protection of children against sexual offences (POCSO) act” were added against the teachers in the police FIR, after the girl’s family protested and demanded that these sections be put in.
A constable was suspended for failing to include the sections of sexual harassment under the POCSO law in the first report.
Akhilesh Tripathi, the station house officer of Noida’s Sector 24 police station, said the teachers face charges under the Indian Penal Code for abetting the suicide, criminal intimidation and sexual harassment. And also a section of the POCSO law for sexual harassment of a minor.