The suicide attempt by a student of Thiruvananthapuram University College on Friday alleging irregular classes and unions forcefully making her attend programmes, has rattled authorities. The Education Minister has sought an immediate report on the matter. He has directed the principal secretary of general education to have a report from the college principal and submit it to him in a day or two.
There are limitations to actions that can be taken. Firstly, the college is autonomous. This would mean that the university cannot directly interfere in the matter. Also, a statement from the girl is yet to be taken by the police as she is still in Medical College Hospital and under special care. She is said to be recovering.
College authorities are yet to respond to the incident. Also since there is charge against college unions, their leaders would be interrogated by the police.
The girl is said to have made a suicide bid by slitting her wrist. She is also believed to have taken an excessive dose of painkillers. She was found injured in the girls’ restroom on the college campus on Friday morning.
Her parents had filed a complaint with Attingal police as their daughter, who went to college on Thursday had not returned. Also, her mobile phone was switched off. The next morning, she was found injured in the restroom by a university staff and taken to medical college hospital.
Her suicide note said she had joined the college with high hopes which were dashed as the atmosphere in the college was not conducive to learning.
Her two-page note says college union leaders compulsorily made her participate in programmes which made her miss classes. She had also accused a few SFI leaders of contributing to creating an unfavourable atmosphere on the campus through protests.
The girl, said to be very studious, had earlier used social media platforms to vent her ire over missing classes. To add to this were the various programmes and protests by unions.
College authorities are likely to hold in internal inquiry immediately. The suicide bid has also rattled student union leaders.