Demonstrators demand probe into student suicide
UDUPI: The Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) conducted a demonstration at the Udupi clock tower on July 29, demanding a thorough investigation into the death of Kavyashri, a state level badminton player and a 10th standard student at Alva’s Educational Institutions. The 16-year-old had been found dead in her hostel room on July 20, reportedly, having hung herself.
Demonstrators also protested the mushrooming of educational institutes and the increased pressure on children to perform well in academics. Representatives of the Muslim Okkuda for Udupi region and the Komu Sauharda Vedike (KSV) were also present.
On being inquired about the reason behind his participation, G Rajashekhar of the KSV said that though the KSV was not directly involved with the dealings of this case, it was important that the community came together to protest the death. “I hope this case is not politicized and a fair and sincere investigation is conducted. I believe the farther politicians will stay from the case, the likelier it is that an unbiased investigation will take place”, he added.
Yasin Kodibengre of the SIO said that their demands included an investigation by the CID, though he gave no deadlines or plans of future protests. “Our intention is to fight injustice in the society wherever we face any, and if protests don’t work we are ready to take up legal avenues too”, he said.
Youth from SIO waving flags at the protest || Image Courtesy: Niharika Nayak
While a major chunk of the protesters was from the SIO, some protesters as young as eleven from the Islamic Children’s Circle also took part. When asked about why there were no female protesters at all, Yasin said that the women’s body had some prior engagements and therefore was unable to attend.
According to the case registered at the Moodbidri police station, the girl took the extreme step after securing low marks in her last examinations. The parents of the deceased have alleged foul play, and two days ago Police Commissioner T R Suresh ordered a fresh probe into the matter, Udayavani reported.
Edited by Shriya Ramakrishnan
Featured Image Courtesy: Niharika Nayak