VILLUPURAM: A 15-year-old schoolgirl, who committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Sunday after being sexually harassed by her schoolmate, the son of a Councillor, at Kanangur near Thiyagathurugam, died at the hospital on Monday night despite treatment.
Local sources said the girl Divya (name changed), daughter of a farmer of Kanangur village, was allegedly being harassed over the last six months by 17-year-old Nandhan (name changed), son of the Councillor. Divya was a class X student while the boy was a Plus-Two student, both studying in Virugavur Government Higher Secondary School. Police said Nandhan was in love with Divya but after she rejected him, he started teasing her with obscene words.
On Saturday, Nandhan stopped Divya on her way back home from school and threatened her to yield to his advances. She ran home crying and informed her parents. Then, her father went to the Councillor’s house and questioned him on his son’s behaviour. But, the girl’s father was allegedly attacked and abused by parents of Nandhan.
On Sunday evening, unable to put up with all this, Divya consumed pesticide that was kept in her house. Though she was treated at the Salem GH, she died on Monday night.
Meanwhile, chided by his father for not obeying him, a class IX boy committed suicide by hanging himself in Nannavaram village near Thirunavalur on Monday.
Police said Anbumani (14), son of Chakravarthi (38), a farm labourer, studying in the Ulundurpet Government High School, took the extreme step after his father scolded him for not helping him in rearing cows.
On information, Thirunavalur police registered a case and are investigating.