The court was hearing a petition from P Ramalingam, the father of the 17-year-old school girl, who died by suicide at her school premises in Chinna Salem in Kallakurichi district on July 13.

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news Death Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 10:28

The Madras High Court on Friday, July 29 suggested to the Tamil Nadu government to make available psychiatric counsellors to each school attached with hostels in the state. The government should ensure at least one such counsellor is appointed in each district, Justice N Sathish Kumar said when the criminal original petition from P Ramalingam, the father of the 17-year-old school girl, who died allegedly by suicide at her school premises in Chinna Salem in Kallakurichi district on July 13, came up for further hearing today.

Annoyed over the recurring instances of suicide by school girls, the judge gave the suggestion to curb such incidents. The judge also advised the media outlets and social media to desist from exaggerating such incidents and fomenting consequential violence, which may ultimately result in encouraging such suicides. The media should understand its responsibility towards society, he added.

Earlier, State Public Prosecutor Hassan Mohammed Jinnah handed over a sealed cover, containing the progress made in the investigation by the CB-CID, to the judge. He told the judge that the probe in the case was being carried in the right direction.

The students of the affected school are being provided with online teaching. Steps are underway to conduct classes for the students of Classes 9 to 12 at nearby schools, he added.

The records and papers relating to the second autopsy will be forwarded to the doctors at JIPMER in Puducherry on Friday evening, Jinnah added. The matter stands adjourned till August 29.

Earlier, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairman Priyank Kanoongo visited Kallakurichi on July 27 to investigate the death of the class 12 student.

He said that on first impression, there seems to be some procedural lapses in the investigation and they will be probed further after speaking to the stakeholders concerned, including the police officers, doctors and other officials. 

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