CHENNAI (Web Desk) – Three female students of SVS Yoga Medical College at Kallakurichi near Villupuram in Indian state of Tamil Nadu committed suicide on Saturday evening accusing the administration of charging excess fees and ‘torture’ and blaming college chairman Vasuki Subramanian for their death.
The three girls namely E. Saranya and V. Priyanka (both 18 years) and T. Monisha (19 years) in a two-page suicide note said that the students had filed several complaints against Subramanian but to no avail. Citing “torture” by the management, the girls hoped that their suicide would finally force the authorities to take action against the chairman.
The girls accused the administration of charging ‘excess fees’ around Rs six lakh and never giving the bill. They also mentioned that the college lacked proper classes or teachers and there was ‘nothing to learn’.
The bodies of the students, doing naturopathy courses in the institution, were found in a well near the college.
According to Indian media, the students had been protesting for more than a month over lack of infrastructure, but it was only in the last two weeks that the protest turned vigorous.
The police, which has begun investigating this matter, has so far arrested the Shokkar Verma, the son of the chairman, in connection with this case.
The incident comes days after Rohith Vemula, a Dalit scholar of Hyderabad University, allegedly committed suicide after he and his four friends were suspended by the authorities from the hostel after a fight with the ABVP activists in the campus.
The incident has sparked nationwide outrage with the Opposition demanding the resignations of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.