Viqarunnisa students continue demo seeking justice


The students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road took to the streets on the second consecutive day on Wednesday demanding justice over suicide committed by class nine student Aritri Adhikari, allegedly after teachers insulted her and her parents in her presence.

A group of students, including the classmates of Aritree, took position in front of the main gate of the educational institution with placards in the morning and staged demonstration.

Amid the protests, the school authorities suspended all classes and examinations for indefinite period.

Earlier, the education ministry and the school authorities formed two separate committees to investigate into the incident.

The school authorities suspended the head of the school’s morning shift allegedly for insulting the student and her parents.

The school authorities also served a show cause notice on her requiring her to explain in seven days why punitive action would not be taken against her.

On Tuesday night, Aritri’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case with the Paltan police station alleging that principal Nazneen Ferdous, assistant headmistress Jinnat Ara and class teacher Hasna Hena instigated Aritri to commit suicide, sub-inspector Sujon Talukder told New Age.

The High Court Division directed the education ministry to constitute a five-member national committee comprising of experts to frame a policy to prevent suicide by students.

A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader asked the committee to submit its report within a month.

Student Aritri, 16, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, ended her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan with a scarf at the family’s Shantinagar residence Monday afternoon.

The tragedy occurred allegedly a day after teachers insulted her parents in her presence on Monday, when her mobile phone was seized on suspicions that she used it to copy her social science paper on Sunday.