Violence, arson at Chennai's Sathyabama University after student kills herself

Violence, arson at Chennai's Sathyabama University after student kills herself

Chennai: Tension prevailed a Sathyabama university campus on Rajiv Gandhi Salai on Wednesday after a first year student allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room allegedly due to chiding by college staff. Hours later, her body was sent to Royapettah Government Hospital for post-mortem.

Student allege that Ragamonika, a student from Andhra Pradesh killed herself after she was humiliated by a professor for copying in an examination.

The girl then went back to her hostel and sent an SMS to her twin who was also writing an exam. Likewise, another boy was recently shamed publicly by the university staff, they alleged.

First reports of the violence came in at around 8.30 pm tonight.

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Authorities told the officials, the girl was studying in the first year.

When the violence began, most students ran out of the hostel, he added.

Mattresses were set on fire and hostel window panes were smashed after a violent protest broke out following a female student's suicide.

The situation has been brought under control now, said police officials.

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Around 200 police personnel were present on the campus to help quell the unrest, while armed police have been deployed outside Sathyabama University.

The typical punishment for such examination cheating is being debarred for one examination and informing the family of the student.

As the news of Monica's suicide spread, protests took place with several students torching furniture at the college and the hostel.

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