Hyderabad: An Intermediate second year student of Sri Chaitanya College, Hyderanagar, jumped from the second floor of his college on Saturday morning, allegedly upset over the insulting remarks made by the faculty, police said. The Miyapur police has booked the college management.
This is the first case of a student's suicide in a corporate college this year, after the state government implement safeguards to protect students from stress.
The student, B. Abhi Kumar Reddy, 17, staying in the hostel premises, wrote a suicide note stating that the faculty had levelled false allegations against him.
At about 5.30 am on Saturday, the teenager climbed on to the second floor of the building and jumped. The campus staff noticed the teenager lying on the ground and alerted the police.
His father, Mr B. Naga Ram Reddy, said, “My son committed suicide because of harassment by his chemistry lecturer.” He added that lecture insulted his son by making him stand in front of his classmates and blamed him for not writing the admission number correctly in the OMR sheet.
In the suicide note, Abhi Kumar wrote: “I didn’t write the wrong admission number intentionally it was by mistake. Though I told sir about the same he didn't believe me. He even told my father about this. Because of me my father is getting a bad name (sic).”
“The hostel warden also indulged in body shaming Abhi and mocked him for writing the wrong hallticket number” said Mr P. Chenna Reddy, a relative of the victim.
Sri Chaitanya College officials refused to comment
An important guideline set by the government that has been frequently flouted is the need for counsellors on campus, who could have helped Abhi Kumar.
Fearing further humiliation and worrying about his parents, the student did not have any professional to turn to for help.
Education minister Kadiam Srihari had warned that the government would shut down corporate institutions if they violated the norms laid down by the government.
Based on a complaint from the father, the Miyapur police booked the college management.
“A case against the management under IPC Section 306 (abetment to suicide) was booked and we have started an investigation,” a police officer said.
Child rights activist Achyuta Rao demanded a criminal case on the management and cancellation of the recognition accorded to the college.