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Wednesday , September 5 , 2012
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Pulled up by teacher, girl kills self

Behrampore, Sept. 4: A 15-year-old girl in a Murshidabad village allegedly committed suicide yesterday after being pulled up by her headmaster for talking to a boy not from her school during recess.

Balutungi High School headmaster Mohammed Raihanuddin said he told Sulekha Khatoon to wait in the teachers’ room and called her father after some students informed the teacher that the Class X girl was “talking to a former student of the school behind a bush”. Raihanuddin also told the boy, Lalchand Sheikh, to wait in another room, but he fled.

Sulekha’s father Nazir Hossain took her home after meeting the headmaster. “In the evening, she was found groaning in her room and frothing from the mouth. We took her to Lalgola rural hospital, where she was declared dead,” Nazir said.

Additional district superintendent of police Mrinal Majumder said an investigation has been started following a complaint by Nazir. The father, however, did not name anybody in the FIR.

“The girl’s father has in his complaint said his daughter committed suicide unable to bear the humiliation of being caught talking to the youth by the headmaster. He also hinted at a possible quarrel with the boy with whom she had a relationship,” the additional SP added.

Headmaster Raihanuddin said he never thought his trying to “discipline the girl” could drive her to suicide.

“I just told her to wait in the teachers’ room and summoned the father. I asked the girl why she had been talking to an outsider on the school premises and asked her to maintain decorum,” he said.

The headmaster added that he did not scold the girl in front of her father. “I just told him what the other boys had complained about her and asked him to take her home.”

Nazir, a farmer in Lalgola, said when Sulekha’s mother Nasima Bibi learnt why her husband had been summoned to the school, she scolded her daughter. “In the evening, the girl consumed pesticide.”

The farmer said that it was only yesterday that he came to know that his daughter had a relationship with Lalchand, a resident of adjoining Madhupur, for the past one and half years. “She had admitted it.”

Asked why he did not name anybody in the complaint, Nazir said he was not sure what prompted his daughter to take poison.

“It could be that she was hurt after the headmaster pulled her up and summoned me to the school. It also cannot be ruled out that my daughter might have had a quarrel with the boy with whom she had an affair,” he said.