Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, June 27:
The parents of the 12-year old class VII girl student who committed suicide on Wednesday in Aska town of Odisha’s Ganjam district after her parents said they did not have enough money to buy her basic stationery like pencil and notebook and other study materials, were very poor and were not listed under the BPL category, said Premchandra Choudhury, collector Ganjam.
The revelation was made by the collector today after receiving the preliminary reports from the BDO Aska, tehsildar, DEO and DPC, Sarva Sikshya Abhijan late on Thursday night. The collector had ordered an administrative inquiry on Thursday.
“The deceased was not attending school regularly, her family was very poor and her parents worked as daily wagers. Probably that was the reason why she was not attending school on a regular basis,” the collector said.
The collector said “The family didn’t have a BPL card, the BDO’s report does not contain information on whether the girl’s parents had MNREGS job cards, but the family was provided with all other facilities as applicable.”
Twelve-year old girl Jayanti, a class VII student and resident of Aska town in Ganjam district, had been requesting her parents to pay some money for buying basic stationery like pencil and notebook to which they said they needed some time to arrange the money.
Upset with the delay, Jayanti Wednesday poured kerosene on her body and set herself on fire at home when her parents were away and later succumbed to her burns late in the night the same day while undergoing treatment at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Brahmapur.
The girl’s father Bijoy Nayak is a daily wage worker and had recently suffered a paralytic stroke and is now unable to add to the family income. Her mother Iswari works as a maid.