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It is not suicide, it is murder
Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College started their demonstration for the second consecutive day today in front of the institute's Bailey Road branch over the suicide of one of their peers.
It is not suicide, it is murder – the students were chanting while demonstrating in front of the Gate-1 of the campus.
Holding placards, hundreds of students along with their guardians gathered in front of the gate protesting the suicide of a ninth grader, Aritry Adhikary, after her parents were humiliated by the school authorities after the student was suspected of plagiarism.
The students today continued their demands for punishment of the teacher concerned and bringing an end to the culture of humiliating guardians by the school.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ARITRY ADHIKARY?
Aritry Adhikary, a ninth grader, was found hanging from the ceiling of her home in the capital's Shantinagar on Monday (December 3) hours after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school.
The death and the subsequent agitation, joined by parents, rocked the 66-year-old institute and prompted the education ministry and the school authorities to form two separate probe committees.
WHO HAVE BEEN MADE ACCUSED?
Around 8:00pm yesterday, Aritry's father Dilip filed a case with Paltan Police Station accusing Nazneen, Zinat and Aritry's class teacher Hasna Hena of provoking the suicide.
WHAT DID EDUCATION MINISTER NURUL ISLAM NAHID SAY?
Earlier around 11:30am, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited the school and talked to the students, teachers and guardians.
He condemned the incident and said action would be taken against anyone found guilty.
"How much pain, how much insult does it take for a student to choose the path of suicide?Ó he asked.
An act of suicide reflects the environment of an institute, he said, adding, "No teacher can mete out psychological or physical torture as punishment. It is considered as offense," he said.
The ministry's three-member probe committee would be headed by Prof Yusuf, director of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, he said.
Holding the certificates of his daughter close to his chest, Dilip cried the entire time while talking to this correspondent.
"My daughter knew seven different languages and got an award from British Council as best book reader,Ó he said, adding Aritry had secured GPA-5 in her Primary Education Completion Examination and Junior School Certificate examinations in 2014 and 2017.
"I pleaded with them to give my daughter a second chance. Aritry even tried to hold the teachers' leg,Ó he said.
WHAT DID THE HIGH COURT ORDER?
Yesterday, the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader ordered to form a probe committee following a report published in a Bangla daily on the incident.
Issuing a suo moto order, the HC asked the committee to formulate a comprehensive national policy to prevent the repetition of such incidents and to submit another report before it in a month.