25, Jan 2016
The bodies of the three were found in a well near the college.
Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: January 25, 2016 6:39 am
THREE girl students of SVS Yoga Medical College at Kallakurichi near Villupuram in 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 bodies of the three were found in a well near the college. The girls were doing naturopathy courses.
Sources said while Subramanian was absconding, her son Sukhi Verma had been arrested. The college has long seen protests over excess fees, including suicide bids in September and October over the matter.
In a two-page suicide note that all three of them — E Saranya and V Priyanka, both 18, and T Monisha, 19 — signed, the girls said students had filed several complaints against Subramanian, to no avail. Citing “torture” by the management, the girls hoped that their suicide would finally force authorities to take action against the chairman.
Villupuram range DIG Anisa Husain said a team headed by the district SP had started a probe.
In the suicide note, the girls talked about the administration charging “excess fees”, “around Rs 6 lakh”, and never giving the bill. Despite the money charged from them, the girls said, the college lacked proper classes or teachers and there was “nothing to learn”. “After our suicide, she (Subramanian) will say our character was bad. Please don’t believe her but probe and take action against her,” says the note.