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She dies for failure to recite the alphabet
Sandeep Yadav
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 17
She was allegedly forced to stand in the sun till she fainted on Wednesday. Some reports claimed the eleven-year old was made to kneel and bend forward while bricks were placed on her back. Other reports spoke of the teacher banging the girl’s head on the table. In any case, the punishment turned out to be too much for eleven-year-old Shanno Khan, a student of class two, who died here on Friday afternoon after two days in hospital.

There were conflicting reports about the reason though. While some reports claimed that the girl student was given the punishment for her failure to recite the English alphabet, other reports claimed she had not done her homework. A few officials of the Education Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi claimed that the girl was detained because of poor attendance.

An inquiry was ordered and the principal of the MCD Girls’ Primary School, Bawana in north Delhi and the teacher concerned, a lady by the name of Manju, were placed under suspension. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC was also registered against the teacher, said Atul Katiyar, DCP (Outer Delhi).

The shocked father of the girl, Ayub Khan, could only mumble, “Arrest the teacher or hang her but my bachchi will never return”.

Even as MCD officials claimed that the girl was a patient of epilepsy, the Delhi Mayor announced compensation of Rs. 50,000 and ordered the termination of services of the teacher.

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Engg student commits suicide

Ghaziabad, April 17
A 23-year-old girl of a private engineering college in Sahibabad committed suicide after she suspected that hidden cameras were fitted in her bathroom, the police said.

Sarika, who was found hanging in her hostel room on Wednesday, had in her suicide note charged the college management of not providing her security to save her modesty, DSP Anant Dev said while disclosing the contents of the note last evening.

However, the college management, has been maintaining since the day of suicide that Sarika was frustrated and took the extreme step because she was not selected by any company during the campus selection.

The management is also alleging foul play by the police as they had not disclosed anything about the suicide note on the day of her death. — PTI

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