Maratha quota suicide

A 16-year-old girl allegedly hanged herself in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district to "sacrifice" her life over the demand for reservation for the Maratha community, police said on Tuesday.

By TT Bureau in Ahmednagar
  • Published 12.09.18
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Ahmednagar: A 16-year-old girl allegedly hanged herself in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district to "sacrifice" her life over the demand for reservation for the Maratha community, police said on Tuesday.

Kishori Baban Kanade, a Class XI student of Radhabai Kale Mahila Mahavidyalaya, hanged herself on Monday afternoon from a ceiling fan in her hostel room.

The girl, hailing from a poor farming family at Kapurwadi in Ahmednagar tehsil, left a purported suicide note in which she mentioned that she was "sacrificing" her life over the demand for reservation, Topkhana police station inspector Vishal Sanas said.

The girl mentioned in the note that she had secured 89 per cent marks in her Class X exams, but could not get admission under a category where her family could have paid less fees, Sanas said.

Her father, who is a poor farmer, paid a fee of Rs 8,000 for her admission in the non-grant basis division, the police said. Students from the reserved categories got admission in the grantable division, which has provision for fee concession, for Rs 1,000 when they had an average of 76 per cent marks, Sanas said, quoting from the suicide note.

The girl mentioned that she faced "injustice" only because she was born in the Maratha community. She expressed hope that her sacrifice would boost the movement for reservation to the community, the police officer said.

Expressing shock over Kanade's death, college principal Dinkar Patil said the girl had been academically bright. Some Maratha organisations held the state government responsible for the girl's suicide.

Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state's population, have been demanding 16 per cent reservation in government jobs and education.

The community had in July launched an agitation that witnessed violence in several parts of Maharashtra. At least eight persons have committed suicide in the past two months over the quota demand. PTI

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