Death of Aritry: Viqarunnisa principal, 2 other teachers sued over ‘suicide instigation’

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Staff Reporter:

Viqarunnisa Noon School and College principal, 2 other teachers were sued over “instigating suicide” of ninth grader Aritry Adhikary.

The victim’s father Dilip Adhikary filed the case accusing the institution’s Principal Naznin Ferdous, Bailey road branch chief Jinat Ara and class teacher Hasna Hena, Shiblee Noman, additional deputy commissioner (Motijheel Zone) of DMP told The Daily Star.

The case was filed with Paltan Police Station around 8:00pm, a day after Aritry hanged herself in her house after she was scolded by her teachers over plagiarism in tests.

WHY DID SHE COMMIT SUICIDE?

Yesterday afternoon, Aritri hanged herself in her house after she was scolded by her teachers over plagiarism in tests.

According to the victim’s father, the parents were called to the school yesterday after teachers caught the girl using a mobile phone during tests.

He said, the school authorities had spoken of barring her from sitting in this year’s annual tests and issuing a transfer certificate (TC) because of it.

At around 12:30pm, the girl closed the door of her room at their Shantinagar residence, and hanged herself from the ceiling fan with a scarf.

Her family members broke open the door and took her to a local hospital. She was later taken to DMCH where doctors pronounced her dead, at 4:00pm.

WHAT IS THE AFTERMATH?

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited Viqarunnisa Noon School and College’s Bailey Road branch and announced a three-member probe committee will be formed to investigate.

Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Principal Nazneen Ferdous announced the other probe body, with two guardians and a teacher, which will report in the next three days.

Meanwhile, the High Court today directed the education secretary to form a committee to enquire into the suicide incident of a ninth-grader student of Viquarunnisa Noon School and College.

An additional secretary of the education ministry will head the five-member committee which will also find out the fact, the court said.

The court asked the education secretary to submit the probe report before it in a month.

Other four members of the committee will include a deputy secretary of the social welfare ministry, an educationist, a psychiatrist and a lawyer.

Issuing a suomoto (voluntary) order, the HC asked the committee to formulate a comprehensive national policy to prevent such incidents and to submit another report before it in a month.

The HC bench Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order following a report published on Bangla daily Prothom Alo on the incident of committing suicide by the student.

Four Supreme Court lawyers — Barrister Aneek R Haque, Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate Aynunnahar Siddiqua and Advocate Jasmin Sultana brought the newspaper report before the HC judges for necessary order on the government to prevent the students and teachers from such incidents.

Source:thedailystar.net

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