A 13-year-old girl died by suicide at her residence in Nanjai Puliampatti in Erode on Sunday morning allegedly upset at being scolded by her father. While initial reports suggested that the child had been unable to access online classes, police later said that the family had provided her with the facilities needed to help in her studies.
The deceased was identified as Hemamalini V, a class eight student at the Bangalapudur government school. Police said that the child’s father had scolded her for listening to songs on the mobile phone for hours rather than studying. The child was reportedly struggling to follow the lessons on television and had asked for the mobile phone to attend classes.
Her father’s reprimand is believed to have triggered her to take the extreme step. Bangalapudur police shifted the body to Gobichettipalayam government hospital for postmortem procedures.
Sub Inspector Manohar said that the child’s parents, in a statement to police, said they had arranged all facilities needed for her studies but that she had ended her life as she was a sensitive child and could not bear being scolded by her father. Further investigation is on.
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