Four detained in connection to girls suicide in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Four persons have been detained in connection with the suicide case of three girls in Tamil Nadu.

“Four people are being interrogated as of now and cases of cheating, extortion and abetting suicide are registered against them. Four teams have been set up to secure the rest,” said Villupuram collector Lakshmi.

“Post mortem is underway on the body of Saranya, and we are trying to convince the other two families to conduct the postmortem here. Other students have given then demands in writing and we have taken it for consideration,” she added.

She further stated that the students of the college have demanded immediate arrest for the people related to this incident and action against the college for exorbitant fees collected.

They have also demanded that the students who are undergoing their courses in the college should be transferred to other college and asked for financial assistance of Rs. 10 lakh for the deceased students.

Three second-year students of SVS Medical College of Yoga and Naturopathy and Research Institute at Kallakurichi near Viluppuram in Tamil Nadu committed suicide on Saturday evening, accusing the administration of charging excess fees and ‘torture’ and blaming college chairman Vasuki Subramanian for their death.

The three girls namely E. Saranya and V. Priyanka (both 18 years) and T. Monisha (19 years) in a two-page suicide note said that the students had filed several complaints against Subramanian but to no avail. Citing “torture” by the management, the girls hoped that their suicide would finally force the authorities to take action against the chairman.

The girls accused the administration of charging ‘excess fees’ around Rs six lakh and never giving the bill. They also mentioned that the college lacked proper classes or teachers and there was ‘nothing to learn’.

The students had been protesting for more than a month over lack of infrastructure, but it was only in the last two weeks that the protest turned vigorous.

The police, which have begun investigating this matter, have so far arrested the Shokkar Verma, the son of the chairman, in connection with this case.

The incident comes days after Rohith Vemula, a Dalit scholar of Hyderabad University, allegedly committed suicide after he and his four friends were suspended by the authorities from the hostel after a fight with the ABVP activists in the campus.

The Hyderabad incident has sparked nationwide outrage with the Opposition demanding the resignations of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.