A national-level handball player allegedly committed suicide in Punjab on Saturday, leaving behind a note addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which she blamed the denial of free accommodation in her college as the reason behind her step.
According to a report on NDTV, Pooja (20), a second-year student at the Khalsa College in Patiala, claimed in her note that she could not afford the daily travelling expense of Rs 120 from her home to college, and had requested the college authorities for free accommodation, as she was too poor to pay the hostel fees either.
The report stated that Pooja had been given admission last year with a promise of free accommodation and food. However, she was denied permission to stay in the hostel this year.
The college management, however, have stated that the victim's poor performance was the reason they denied her free stay in the hostel.
In her note, Pooja held her coach as the main culprit, the one who was responsible for refusing her the room. She further urged the PM to grant free education to poor girls like herself.
"When she went back to the hostel after the summer holidays, the teacher said that the girls won't be staying there. Those who paid the fee were allowed to stay in the college hostel. But my daughter was denied. We want our Prime Minister to intervene in to the matter," Prabhu, the victim's father, was quoted as saying according to News18.
In a DNA report, SHO Kotwali Gurpreet Singh Bhinder stated that the police reached the spot upon hearing the news of her suicide, and took the body to a hospital, where she was declared brought dead. The suicide note was handed over to them by the victim's father.
The police have registered a case under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code, with the denial of her request by the officials is being looked at as the primary reason behind her suicide.