Relatives of a 14-year-old schoolgirl who committed suicide by hanging at her Kodungaiyur home on Monday evening protested in front of the private school on Tuesday morning, claiming that the Class 10 student had taken her life after she was teased by some of her classmates. They demanded action against those responsible.
The protesters later blocked the road near Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital for more than half an hour, refusing to take the body of R Karthika until the management promised action against her classmates who made fun of her. They relented after police promised to look into the matter and handed over the body.
Police said Karthika, a student of Sri Sayee Vivekananda Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, lived in Muthamzhil Nagar, Kodungaiyur with her parents Ravi, a private bank employee, and Jaya Bharathi. Around 6pm on Monday, when her mother stepped out to go to a flour mill in the neighbourhood, she hanged herself from the ceiling in her room.
The relatives said a few of her classmates had teased her for no reason and attacked her with a writing pad. Though Karthika complained to Jaya Bharathi last week, her mother consoled her saying fights were common among students. But when Karthika came home with slight bruises on her shoulder on Friday, her mother decided to take up the issue with the headmaster.
“Despite our complaint over Friday’s incident the school authorities failed to take any action. Instead, they blamed the girl saying she was talkative,” said Prabhu, the girl’s uncle. Since then she never mingled with her family members. She developed a slight temperature and did not go to school on Monday, he said.
When contacted, school correspondent T S Thyagarajan told TOI that the girl’s mother had approached them after the parent-teacher meeting on Saturday claiming that her daughter was upset over being teased by some of her classmates.
“We instructed the class teacher to probe the issue but the students denied teasing her. A detailed probe was ordered on Monday, but the girl failed to attend the class,” he said. He said they had decided to counsel the girl. He said that she was a soft-spoken student who hardly mingled with the others in school or class.
The Kodungaiyur police registered a case under CrPc Section 174 and began investigating.
A senior police officer said no suicide note had been left behind by the victim. “We are probing the case based on the complaint given by the family. We will verify the claims made by the victim’s parents and initiate action,” he said.