Stalked by neighbour, UP girl hangs herself in classroom

Yet another teen commits suicide over eve-teasing

Alleged stalking and harassment claimed the life of yet another young girl, when she hanged herself in her classroom at her school in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district, about 90 kilometre from here.

Akansha (name changed), a class 12 student at Arya Kanya Inter College in Sitapur town, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her classroom by  other students on Monday morning, according to the police sources.

The family members of the victim alleged that she was being stalked and harassed by a youth, identified as Aman, from her locality.

 “Aman had been harassing Akansha for the past over one year. He used to call her often at odd hours. She was very upset,” a family member said,  adding that they had brought the matter to the notice of  cops.

“We had informed the police about the matter but strangely they did not take any action,” they said.

The school authorities said that 17-year old Akansha had come to the school much early on Monday morning. When her classmates arrived later, they found her hanging there and informed the teachers.

A case has been registered.  This is the second such suicide in the state within a span of 24 hours.

On Saturday, frustrated over being allegedly eve-teased regularly by a youth, a class 11 student had set herself ablaze in  Kanpur.



Panchayat blames music for sex crimes

A panchayat in UP has banned youths from listening to music on their cellphones to prevent eve-teasing and molestation incidents. It also asked women in the village not to venture out to markets alone.

Held at the Muslim-dominated Ghatampur village in Saharanpur on Monday, the panchayat also imposed a ban on exchanging SMSes, consuming gutkha, paan and liquor.
“The decisions were taken to get rid of evils plaguing our society,” said panchayat chief Iqram.

Another member of the panchayat said young people must be protected from social evils and bad company. “Music certainly promotes bad habits,” he said.

“We feel that we will be able to control such incidents to some extent through these measures,” said Ayyub, who chaired the meeting. Those who violate the directives will be punished with five shoe lashes and fined Rs 1,500, he said.

“A second offence will mean double the punishment,” Ayyub added. The panchayat has also formed a committee to see whether its directives are being followed properly. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a hospital on Monday. In that case also, the police failed to take stern action in the matter.

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