Bhopal: A girl student of a pharmacy college allegedly committed suicide after being ragged by her seniors and a faculty member, police said today. Four of her seniors, all females, and the faculty member were arrested today, they said.
Anita Sharma (18), pursuing her B-Pharma second year course from the RKDF College, hanged herself yesterday at her residence in Jeevan Vihar Society here, police said. A note, purportedly written by Anita, blamed her four seniors and the faculty member for the suicide, police said.
According to the note, the girl's seniors had been allegedly ragging her from the time she got admission in the college. They forced her to write their mid-semester copies and when she brought this to the notice of faculty member, identified as Manish, he asked her to obey her seniors if she wanted to continue in the college, police said.
Later, when the seniors came to know about her complaint, they started harassing her further and threatened to throw acid on her as well as rape her, the suicide note said.
Police arrested her four seniors, identified as Nidhi, Dipti, Divyanshi and Preeti and faculty member Manish, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Dilip Singh Tomar told reporters. They were arrested on the charge of abetment to suicide, he added.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed the authorities to seriously deal with the issue of ragging. State Chief Secretary R Parsuram also chaired a meeting in this regard and directed officials to take stern measures to prevent recurrence of such an incident.
MP Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta visited the residence of the victim today to console the grieving family members and directed the police to take immediate action against those whose names were mentioned in the suicide note.
Later, police produced all the accused before Judicial Magistrate First Class A K Chaparia, who sent them to jail under judicial custody till August 22. The accused students are aged between 20 and 22 years, police said.
In a related development, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission today issued notices to Principal Secretaries of School, Higher, Technical and Medical Education Departments directing them to furnish details of steps taken by them to prevent incidents of ragging in the educational institutions coming under their jurisdiction.
Taking cognisance of the incident, MPHRC Chairman Justice A K Saxena directed these officials to submit a report to the Commission within seven days, official sources said.
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