Protest in India after student commits suicide
By Orowo Victoria Ojieh with agency report
No fewer than 20 police officers were injured at the weekend in southern India while trying to prevent a mob from burning buses parked in the premises of a school after a female student committed suicide.
Protesters forcibly entered the school campus in Kallakurichi district in southern Tamil Nadu state and set school buses and police vehicles on fire as they demanded justice over the student’s death.
The teenage student was found dead in the hostel of the private school on Wednesday. She allegedly left a suicide note naming two teachers, saying that they had tortured her and some other students by forcing them to study all the time.
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Parents and protesters have demanded an independent investigation of the incident.
Teachers and school management have denied all allegations of mistreating students including the dead girl. The injured police officials were taken to a local hospital and security has been ramped up by local government officials.