Father sues principal, assistant headmistress, class teacher

Staff Correspondent | Published: 11:43, Dec 04,2018 | Updated: 00:01, Dec 05,2018


Viquarunnisa Noon School and College students hold placards in protest against the suicide of a fellow in front of their school in the city’s Bailey Road on Tuesday. -- Abdullah Apu

A case was filed against Viqarunnisa Noon School and College principal Nazneen Ferdous, assistant headmistress Jinnat Ara and class teacher Hasna Hena on Tuesday on charge of instigating Class IX student Aritri Adhikari to commit suicide.

Aritri’s father Dilip Adhikari filed the case with Paltan police station Tuesday evening, sub-inspector Sujon Talukder told New Age.

Guardians joined the students of the main Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in daylong protests on the campus and the adjoining streets on Monday demanding justice over suicide committed by class nine student Aritri Adhikari, allegedly after teachers insulted her and her parents in her presence.

Students declared that they would boycott the ongoing annual examinations from today, demanded removal of the principal, assistant headmistress and governing body members.

Protests by the students in front of the school gate resume at 10AM today.

The education ministry and the school authorities formed two separate committees to investigate into the incident.

The school authorities suspended the head of the school’s morning shift allegedly for insulting the student and her parents.

The school authorities also served a show cause notice on her requiring her to explain in seven days why punitive action would not be taken against her.

The High Court Division directed the education ministry to constitute a five-member national committee comprising of experts to frame a policy to prevent suicide by students.

A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader asked the committee to submit its report within a month.

Student Aritri, 16, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, ended her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan with a scarf at the family’s Shantinagar residence Monday afternoon.

The tragedy occurred allegedly a day after teachers insulted her parents in her presence on Monday, when her mobile phone was seized on suspicions that she used it to copy her social science paper on Sunday.

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