Gorakhpur: 12-year-old takes his life over harsh punishment by teacher

Gorakhpur, UP: Depressed over alleged harsh punishment, a class five student of a convent school in Gorakhpur committed suicide by consuming poison, police said.

The boy died at the BRD Medical College on Wednesday and had consumed poison on September 15. A suicide note was found in his schoolbag where he claimed that he had decided to commit suicide as he was harshly punished by his teacher, reported Hindustan Times.

Angry over the incident, parents pelted stones on the school building and blamed the school administration for the death. The school staff also retaliated, the police could pacify the situation after the vehicles and window panes were damaged.

Navneet Prakash, 12, a student of St Anthony Convent School in Railway Dairy Colony, had told his parents that one of his teachers made him stand on a table for three hours over some issue.

In his suicide note addressed to his father Ravi Prakash, Navneet wrote, “Aaj 15-09-17 mera pehla exam tha. Meri class teacher ne mujhe 9.15 tak rulaya, khada rakha isliye kyunki woh chaapluson ki baat maanti hai (Today, September 15, it was my first examination. My class teacher harassed me and kept me standing. I cried till 9.15 am. She punished me as she always listen to sycophants).”

Navneet asked his father not to believe his class teacher and added that she kept him standing for three periods on September 14.

“Aaj maine soch liya hai ki main marne wala hoon. Meri aakhri iksha meri ma’am ko kisi bachhe ko itni badi saza na dene ko kahein (Today I have decide to end my life. It’s my last wish that please tell my teacher not to give such a punishment to any other student),” he said in the suicide note.

“The incident hurt the child so much that he took the extreme step,” his father Ravi Prakash said in a police complaint.

“On the basis of the complaint lodged by his parents, a case has been registered against the manager and the principal of the school,” said SSP Siddhartha Anirudhdh Pankaj.

“The cause of the death would be ascertained after we receive the post-mortem report,” he said.