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Chandigarh Girl’s Suicide
Varsity lecturer held
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Chennai, April 6
The lecturer of Annamalai University who was suspended following allegations of harassing the Chandigarh girl Chetna Ramachandran forcing her to commit suicide has been arrested.

The lecturer R. Raghuraman, aged 25, who was charged with harassing the third year B.Tech student, Chetna (20), was booked under Section 4 of the Prevention of Tamil Nadu Women Harassment Act.

Raghuraman had attempted to frisk Chetna in front of her classmates during a model laboratory examination, charging her with cheating on March 26. He and another lecturer, Manikumar, who were invigilating debarred Chetna from taking the test. Manikumar had allegedly placed a chit containing a chemistry formula in her purse while she was busy taking the test and accused her of copying.

Feeling extremely humiliated as she was a brilliant student and falsely accused of cheating, Chetna went to her room in Rose Hostel within the university campus and hung herself from a ceiling fan with her "dupatta" and committed suicide.

Violence erupted within the university after two days when Chetna's relatives arrived from Chandigarh and rampaging students damaged university property, leading to indefinite closure of the university.

After holding a high-level inquiry the university authorities on Monday suspended the two lecturers. The university authorities had earlier alleged that Chetna was caught cheating which had forced her to take the extreme step and given a clean chit to the invigilators.

However, the students had pointed out that Chetna used to be second in her class and the internal test was only for 20 marks for which she had no reason to resort to cheating. Chetna's father, Ramachandran, a senior official with the BSNL, Chandigarh, had informed the university authorities that his daughter was being harassed by Raghuram, who used to stalk her and harass her by calling her on her mobile.

"Though my daughter changed her mobile number, Raghuram found out her new number and kept on harassing her. She had told my wife about it. I have informed the police and university authorities about her harassment by Raghuraman," he had alleged.

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