Class 7 Student Kills Self After Teacher Calls Her ‘Characterless’

Last week, a 13-year-old girl came home from school in tears. She told her mother that she was scolded and verbally abused by her teacher.

Her teacher had called her “characterless” in front of her class.

On Saturday, 1 December, the girl, who was a student of class 7, hanged herself from a ceiling fan at her Inderpuri residence, in West Delhi. Her mother, an advocate, had gone to the court.

Her mother said the teacher’s comment might have forced her to take the extreme step. An investigation is underway to ascertain the exact reason, police said.

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"“She was so upset that she refused to go to school on Saturday, even though I promised her that I would accompany her on Monday (3 December). She was alone at home preparing for her mathematics paper.”" - Girl’s mother to PTI'I Love You Mummy and Nani’

The girl had scribbled “Meri maut ki khabar school ko zarur batana. Bye world (tell the school about my death)“ on one wrist. On the other, she wrote “I love you Mummy and Nani", and “Lord Krishna, I’m coming to you”, the girl’s mother said.

The girl was eagerly waiting to celebrate her 13th birthday on 20 December, the mother added.

"My daughter often complained about her class teacher being abusive. She said the teacher humiliated her often. When I enquired with her friends, I was told that two of her teachers had scolded her and even called her ‘characterless’,” the mother alleged.

Following repeated requests over the last three months, the mother had decided to get her school changed before the next session.

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Meanwhile, the school management said that it was in touch with the mother and “fully cooperating” with the investigating agency, while conducting an inquiry of their own.

"As of now we are not at liberty to disclose any details which may jeopardise the police investigation of the case," the management said in a statement.

Police said the statement of girl’s mother will be recorded, and action will be taken accordingly.

(With PTI inputs)

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