T. Vasanthi, a 12-year-old girl and a class 7 student at government middle school at Aricipalayam near Edappadi, committed suicide after a teacher suspected her involvement in a theft. Her teacher Ms Leena had accused her of Rs 600 theft from her handbag and this had gone missing.
After her bag gone missing she enquired with the students and the teacher came to a conclusion that the victim had stolen the money. When the deceased reached the school, as usual, the teacher scolded her for stealing the money, which the student denied.
Distressed and depressed over this, the student told the teacher that she was going to commit suicide and started running. Though the teachers, students and other school staff chased her to stop her from taking that step, the student jumped into a nearby well.
Following which the girl’s parents and relatives stormed the school and held an agitation there demanding the arrest of the teacher. The police promised the agitating crowd that action against the teacher will be taken and took the teacher under custody for enquiry.