Thursday, September 12, 2013

Engineering student commits suicide, father alleges ragging

 COIMBATORE: A first year computer science student of a college here committed suicide on Thursday. Her father told the media that she had complained the previous night that a section of students had harassed her outside the campus.

Police has registered a case and will hold an inquiry in the college on Friday. Revathy Subasini, a student with Kongunadu Arts and Science College, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her house at Balaji Nagar in Rakipalayam at 10.30am. Her father, Jayaraj, who met reporters outside the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital where the body was brought for post-mortem, said she has been studying in the college for the past one year and had never complained of any problems at the college.

However, on Wednesday, she returned home early and insisted that she wanted to shift to another college. When asked why she broke down and said a group of college students harassed her while riding home on her bike. She did not mention any student in particular or their class or subject, he said. It has been only three weeks since Revathy started travelling to college on her new bike.

 No one at home insisted that she went to college as they knew she was still upset. "She hanged herself after I went out for work and her mother, Geeta, went out to a nearby shop. When Geeta returned, she found her hanging from the fan," Jayaraj said. Periyanaickenpalayam police has registered a case under section 174 (unnatural death) of CrPC. Despite repeated attempts, college authorities were unavailable for comment. 

Association of University Teachers condemned the incident and demanded stringent implementation of rules and regulations to curb ragging inside and outside education institutions. C Pichandi, general secretary, AUT, said a few students were previously fined by the district court for ragging in the campus and it is unfortunate that ragging has led to the death of a student. Police will invoke the anti-ragging act if the inquiry on Friday confirms Revathy's father's version. The act has stringent provisions to deal with ragging.

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