Violence breaks out in Tamil Nadu’s Kallakurichi over student’s suicide

A day after massive violence broke out on the premises of a private school at Kaniyamoor near Chinnasalem in Kallakurichi district following the death of a Class XII girl, the police arrested 128 persons and booked them under sections of rioting and provisions under the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act among others.

The 17-year old student was found dead in the hostel of a residential school at Kaniyamoor near Chinna Salem in the district on Wednesday.

She is suspected to have jumped to her death from the third floor of the school building. The autopsy report confirmed injuries on the girl’s body.

A suicide note purportedly written by the girl mentioned that she struggled in several of her school subjects and allegedly blamed some of her teachers for putting her under pressure over her poor scores and also asked the school to refund her annual school fee to her parents, according to local police.

On Sunday morning, around 2,000 people gathered at the school in response to a protest call on social media by youth groups in the area, according to local sources.

The accused, all residents of various areas in Kallakurichi district, were produced before a local court.

The girl’s family has refused to accept the body until those allegedly responsible for her death are arrested.

Two teachers of the private school were arrested on Monday on charges of abetment of suicide.

Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin expressed regret over the violence and assured punishment for all those involved in the girl’s death.

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