Depressed over ‘inability to attend online classes’, Class 9 girl commits suicide in Kerala
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A 14-years old Class 9 student reportedly set herself ablaze on Monday in Kerala's Malappuram district, after she missed online classes amid the Coronavirus crisis.
The deceased student of Government Higher Secondary School, Irimbiliyam in the Mangeri town of Malappuram district in Kerala, has been identified as Devika Balakrishnan (14).
Hours after going missing from her Home, Devika's charred remains were found from outside an unoccupied house alongside an empty kerosene bottle. A suicide note was also found by the Police in Devika's room, in which she reportedly had written her excruciatingly painful final words: 'I'm going'.
Devika's father, a 45-year-old daily wager Balakrishnan, told media that his daughter was depressed at being unable to join the online class.
A probe has been ordered by Kerala's Education Minister C. Raveendranath, which will be conducted by the District Education Officer of Malappuram to find out about the circumstances which led to Devika's suicide.
"She had been telling us to repair the television to attend the online class. But we had no money to repair the television and we have no smartphone," Devika's father, Balakrishnan told Police in his statement note, India Today reported.
Kerala has started online classes through the Victers Channel which broadcasts 30-minute-long classes for state's 4.1 million students, from Classes 1 to 12. In the ideal circumstances, Devika too was supposed to study through the same mode.
"She had no other issues. She was a brilliant student and teachers were very proud of her. We told her that we can repair the television soon. Otherwise, the schools might provide you with a tablet computer. But, she was disappointed about the inadequate facilities to take the online classes in the house," Devika's parents were quoted as saying by New Indian Express.
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