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A selfie with a girl, a teacher’s insult and a boy’s suicide: Is this a child rights case?

The police chief of Kerala and the state’s State Child Rights Commission have been petitioned by the parents of a Plus Two student who committed suicide earlier this month. .

Published: 11th February 2017 02:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2017 02:52 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KANNUR: The police chief of Kerala and the state’s State Child Rights Commission have been petitioned by the parents of a Plus Two student who committed suicide earlier this month. They think the boy took his own life after his teacher made insulting comments about him in front of his peers about a selfie he had taken in which a fellow school girl accidentally came into the frame.

They want legal action to be taken against the teacher.

Sanath, a student of the Mambarath Higher Secondary School in Kannur, was found dead at his house on February 3. His parents have lodged a complaint with the Kerala police chief and the State Child Rights Commission stating that the teacher’s insult drove the boy to suicide.

Sanath's father Sathyanath said the teacher made demeaning comments against Sanath for taking a selfie with a girl.  "In fact, my son had taken the photo along with some boys. The girl who was standing near them was caught in the frame unwittingly. But the teacher made abusive comments against the girl and my son," Satyanath said.

The father alleged that the school authorities did not inform him or his wife about the incident. "If they had informed us, we would have taken care of him. Later, we came to know that he was depressed after the incident,” he added.

Based on the parents’ complaint, the Kuthuparamba police have started an investigation. They have taken the boy’s mobile phone into custody and handed over the case to the cyber cell for an investigation.

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