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Anger in Bangladesh over schoolgirl's suicide after reprimand by teachers

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Anger has mounted in following the suicide of a teenaged Hindu girl who killed herself after being humiliated by her principal and teachers in a prominent school.

Ninth-grade student Aritry Adhikary's father has accused the principal of and two teachers of abetting his daughter's suicide as they had reprimanded her for carrying a mobile phone during an exam.

According to a police complaint, on December 3 the girl went to school with the phone where one of the teachers seized the device and summoned her parents the next day.

Adhikary has alleged that when he and his wife went to the school along with their daughter they were also subjected to humiliation.

"As we went to meet the school's principal, Nazneen Ferdous, my daughter immediately touched her feet and begged her forgiveness," he said.

"We also asked for her forgiveness thinking about our daughter's uncertain future. Then we all started crying even as I pleaded with them to give my daughter a second chance. But all our efforts failed to soften her," he said.

The shaken girl then suddenly left the principal's room leaving her parents there and went back to her home nearby where she hanged herself in her room after locking the door.

Bangladesh's ministry has issued an order asking the school's governing body to suspend the principal and teachers over Aritry's suicide.

Aritry's school friends also staged protests in front of the school while was flooded with angry comments demanding stern action against the teachers involved.

"Departmental action will be taken against all the three teachers as well," Minister said.

The ministry and the school authorities have also formed two investigation committees after the high court's intervention in the matter.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:40 IST