Parent blame college after son commits suicide

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BENGALURU: Five days after 19-year-old Aditya Prabhu, a second semester BTech student at a private college here, died after jumping off the 10th floor after being accused of cheating by using mobile phone during examination, the parents of the deceased student are now accusing college management of being responsible for their son’s suicide.

The parent also registered a case against the college principal and management for abetment to suicide and insulting their son. This provoked Aditya to take the extreme step and the college ignored his safety while he was under the invigilator’s watch, the parents claimed.

The angry parents alleged that the college management was at fault and had killed their son. Aditya Prabhu’s mother said, “They could have saved my son from taking such an extreme step if they had taken care of him after debarring him from writing the semester examination”.

Expressing grief, she said at least someone should have been with him after his mobile phone was seized. “He called me at 11.45 am and said that I should come to college after I get a call from college. I don’t know where my son’s mobile is. He also said that he carried his mobile phone in his pocket by mistake. The phone was seized by the invigilators, and Aditya also told us that he was being treated badly as he was caught with his phone in the exam hall”, she said.

“Following the phone call from my son, I got a call from his college saying that he had indulged in malpractice and to visit the college immediately. When I visited the college, I thought he was safe under the care of the invigilator. My son was a brilliant student. He may have carried his phone into the exam hall by mistake. There were two invigilators in the exam hall, then how did they find the phone at the last minute when he had finished writing the paper? He was a brave boy and I don’t know what the invigilators had told him. The management could have informed security not to allow him out, but no one took care”, she lamented.

An FIR has been registered under IPC 306 at Girinagar police station.

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