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Want Authorities To Ensure That No Other Student Faces A Similar Fate: Parents Of Deceased LSR Student

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Parents of the LSR student who died by suicide last week have said that they want to ensure that no other student faces a similar fate. The 19-yer-old student of Delhi’s prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women died by suicide at her home in Shadnagar on November 2. She was class 12 examination topper from the state of Telangana. She left a note behind citing financial difficulties as the reason behind her decision. Her parents said that they were willing to go to any lengths to support their daughter, despite having taken a heavy mortgage to educate her.

The deceased student, who was pursuing her second-year B.Sc from LSR college, also wrote that she had not to receive the instalment of her scholarship that was due in March.

Her daily-wage-earning parents, Sumathi and Ganta Srinivas Reddy, had mortgaged their house to fund their daughter’s higher education, who wanted to be an IAS officer. The Mathematics student in her suicide note wrote that she did not want her parents to take too much “burden” because of her studies and also did not want “a life without education”. Several protests have since started as her death has been labelled as “institutional murder”.

Delays in Scholarship

“It was not a free seat for her in LSR but she achieved it through merit. She was always a brilliant student. She topped her school in matriculation and came second in the town in the intermediate exams. And we were ready to go to any extent to support her education,” said her father Srinivas Reddy. Apart from the house, the couple had also mortgaged gold ornaments to fund her education. However, during the COVID-19 lockdown, the LSR student was uncertain about her returning to college. Her father had borrowed some money and set up his bike mechanic shop in March this year, but due to the pandemic, his shop’s business suffered heavily.

Notice to leave hostel

The family had taken a loan of Rs two lakh. Her mother, Sumathi Reddy worked as a tailor from home to make ends meet. She said that her elder daughter was “depressed” after receiving a WhatsApp message asking to vacate her hostel room by end of October. “Any private accommodation outside would cost at least Rs 15,000 per month. We needed more money towards a deposit amount, too. All this when we did not have money to buy her a train ticket to Delhi,” noted Sumathi.

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She also said that her daughter was planning to go to Delhi in October but that notice left her shocked. Recounting the day when his daughter ended her life, her father said, “We were all sitting here. She forced me to have my dinner and went into the room. She usually spent all her time there. The door was not latched and we thought she was studying.”

Even in our worst nightmare, we did not think about something like this.

“As much as we want justice for our daughter, we want authorities to ensure that no other student faces a similar fate,” rued Srinivas Reddy.

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