Coimbatore: A 17-year-old schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore on Thursday evening, reportedly after she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her one of her teachers. The city’s All Women Police (West) have secured the teacher in question under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The deceased teenager was a Class 12 student of a private school at Samy Colony in Coimbatore’s RS Puram area. The accused, identified as Mithun Chakkaravarthi, used to teach Physics to Class 11 and 12 students. In April 2021, he sexually assaulted the 17-year-old student after calling her to the school under the pretext of taking special classes.
The minor girl apprised the school management of the heinous act of the teacher. Subsequently, the teacher was dismissed and the school principal transferred. The survivor took admission in another school in RS Puram. She, however, could not get rid of mental agony. The school management counselled her, according to a report published by The Times of India.
On Thursday, the teenager was alone at home, as her parents had gone out. She dialled one of her friends but he didn’t attend the call. He called her back at around 7 pm. The call went unanswered. He, subsequently, went rushing to her house. He informed her father. The house was locked from inside and the girl was found hanging from the ceiling. She was taken to a hospital, where medics confirmed that she wasn’t alive.
It is being reported that the girl has left behind a suicide note, wherein she named two persons. She, in her final note, urged that the two persons mustn’t be spared.
The girl’s father, initially, did not file a complaint with the police in connection with her death. On Friday afternoon, student organisations held a protest close to the district collectorate and demanded that a case be registered against the Physics teacher. In the evening, the teacher was held under Sections 9(I) (sexual assault on child more than once) and 10 (aggravated sexual assault) of the POCSO Act and Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC. Further probe into the case is underway.