Unable to afford smartphone for online college classes, daily wager's daughter ends life in West Bengal 

Daily wage worker's daughter dies by suicide as she was unable to afford smartphone to attend online classes in West Bengal.

Published: 09th September 2020 07:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th September 2020 07:11 PM   |  A+A-

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JALPAIGURI: Upset over not being able to afford a smartphone to attend online classes, a 20-year-old college student died by suicide in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district, police said on Wednesday.

Jayanti Bauli, a BA first-year student of Mal College, hung herself in her house in Dabripara village in the Saripukuri area on Monday night, said Dilip Sarkar, the officer-in-charge of Kranti police outpost.

Her father Aviram Bauli told police that he works as a daily wager and somehow manages to make both ends meet and also pay the tuition fees of her daughter.

"My daughter was wanting a smartphone for some time for the online classes. She was upset that I couldn't get it for her. But had I known that she would do something like this, I would have borrowed money from somewhere and bought her a phone," said Aviram as he broke down.

Police said they are further investigating the matter.


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