Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, June 27:
An inquiry has been ordered into the tragic death of a Class VII student, who allegedly committed suicide, after her parents failed to buy her notebooks and pencils for her studies, in Odisha’s Gajjam district.
The district collector of Ganjam Prem Chandra Chaudhary has asked the district education officer (DEO) and district project coordinator of the Sarva Sikshya Abhiyan (SSA) to inquire into the details of the case and submit a report on the actual cause of the girl’s suicide.
This inquiry will be independent of the police investigations in the case, he said.
The 14-year-old girl Jayanti had committed suicide on 25 June after her parents said they didn’t have enough money to buy her basic stationery like pencil and notebook and other study materials.
Jayanti, a resident of Aska town in Ganjam district which is about 170 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, had been requesting her parents to pay some money for her studies after the school – where she was recently promoted to class 7 – opened June 23.
Her parents said they needed some time to arrange the money. Upset with the delay, the girl Wednesday poured kerosene on herself and set herself on fire at home when her parents were away.She sustained over fifty percent burn injuries. Some neighbours rescued her and took her to the local hospital where she died, the police said.
The girl’s father Bijoy Nayak, who was a daily-wager, recently suffered a paralytic stroke and is now unable to add to the family income. Her mother Iswari works as a maid.
The couple has three other minor children as well.