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Nahid draws ire from students over Viqarunnisa suicide incident

  • Published at 05:48 pm December 4th, 2018
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Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College encompasses Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid at the VNSC’s main campus, on Bailey Road, on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune

The protesters chanted slogans seeking the immediate removal of their principal

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid faced strong criticism from the students of Dhaka’s Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC) protesting the suicide of their fellow student.

The minister arrived at the VNSC’s main campus, on Bailey Road, around 11:30am on Tuesday, to comfort the agitated students; they proceeded to express their resentment over the matter. 

Protests erupted at the venue around 10am and intensified as the day progressed. 

Other than demanding justice for the ninth-grader, protesters chanted slogans seeking the immediate removal of their principal. 

Many of them carried placards venting their anger against the individuals they believe are responsible for the ninth grader’s suicide. 

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told reporters that the government is taking the VNSC suicide incident very seriously.

“I want to say it clearly that we, the Education Ministry, are taking the suicide incident seriously. We think this incident... the suicide of the student is very painful to us. We cannot overlook it so easily...” he said while talking to reporters in front of the VNSC’s main gate.

The minister also said this type of incident is unacceptable as well as adversarial relations between teachers and students.

The class 9 student of VNSC, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday (December 3) after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.

Probe body formed

Two probe committees have been formed to investigate the suicide of the class 9 VNSC student.

Why did the student commit suicide?

Aritree was caught with a mobile phone during a school examination—upon which she was accused of cheating, and her parents were called in by the school authorities.

Aritree's father alleged that Nazneen Ferdous, the principal of the institution, while asking him to collect the student’s transfer certificate, misbehaved with his family. 

During the discussion, the student ran away from the principal's office. Later, when her parents returned home, they found her hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence.

After she was transferred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), the on-duty doctors pronounced her dead, her father said.