Suicide of a student leads to violence and unrest

BY Abhishek Kumar, INN, Chennai, @infodeaofficial;

There was a major arson at Sathyabama University on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) on Thursday after an 18-year-old, Raga Monika of Andhra Pradesh committed suicide in her hostel room when she was allegedly caught copying in an exam.

The university official informed the media that there was no unrest on campus until dinner time, immediately after dinner the news spread, several students torched furniture at the college and the hostel. It is not clear if the death has any direct link to the late evening campus unrest and arson committed by students the official added.

Raja Reddy, the father of Raga Monica, blamed the university’s management for his daughter’s death. He said that only because of the lethargic attitude of the university management, his daughter took the extreme step. He reached Chennai from Andhra Pradesh on Thursday after the college informed him about his daughter’s death.

Raga Monika went back to her hostel and apparently sent an SMS to her twin Rakesh who was also writing the examination in the same hall about this. He saw the SMS after the exam was over and rushed to the girl’s hostel where she was found hanging. Later she was rushed to the hospital, where she was declared dead.

The situation was brought under control and police protection was provided to the college.  Students were asked to go back home and the college will be closed for a month. However, the college official did not confirm if the campus would be closed for a month yet.

According to the past reports, the University has also witnessed violence over issues of restriction for students like interacting with the other gender and dress code.

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