HUMAN TRAGEDY: Schoolgirl suicide whiff

HUMAN TRAGEDY: Schoolgirl suicide whiff – shock & grief, no counselling system at school ?!!


Kalimpong, July 16: A Class X student who had been missing since Wednesday evening is suspected to have committed suicide by jumping into the Teesta the same day.

A suicide note and the school cardigan that the 15-year-old girl was wearing were found on the riverbank yesterday, said a police officer.

“In the note she had written no one should be held responsible for her death,” said the officer adding that a search operation was on.

“We have launched a search operation along the river up to the 29th Mile. But our efforts have remained fruitless so far. The heavy current of the Teesta is making our job difficult.”

Abhilasha, a student of Saptashri Gyanpeeth, is suspected to have taken the fatal plunge at Tribeni, 18km from here. The place is in the Rongli-Rongliot area and comes under Darjeeling police station.

A resident of Mission Compound, Abhilasha had attended school on Wednesday. However, instead of returning home after classes she is suspected to have taken a vehicle to Teesta Bazar, 16km from here.

From there, she travelled to Tribeni two kilometres away, the police said.

“Her father Canute Rai had lodged a missing person’s diary with us at the Kalimpong police station on Wednesday night. We suspect that the girl committed suicide the same day,” the officer said. Rai is a teacher at St Augustine School.

“She was a very well-disciplined child and above average in her studies. She always used to participate in extra-curricular activities. Even on Wednesday when she was at school, she showed no signs of being disturbed in any way. We are still in a state of shock,” said Sanjasy Pradhan, a teacher of the school.

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