I recently read this shocking news clip and my heart is full of sympathy for the parents of this girl....A thought that prevails though that why she did what she did..?
The day after, Monali's death goes unmourned at school
By Prakruti PK, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Jan 21, 2015, 07.18 AM IST
The student, among the top five in her Std X class, found the ignominy too much to bear. A statement by school said she had been counselled a `few times'
Barely 24 hours after Monali Mahala, the tenth standard student at National Public School in HSR Layout jumped from her high-rise apartment on Monday, the atmosphere in the school appeared eerily calm and normal. She committed suicide after reportedly being suspended for her friendship with a male student.
There was no holiday declared to mourn the loss of a student, and there was reportedly no prayer service for the victim and her family either.When BM visited the school around 2.45 pm, the behaviour of the staff members - who refused to be identified - was what could be dubbed perfunctory, even borderline cold-hearted.
When this correspondent sought to meet principal, Chitra Rao, for the school's version of the incident, she declined the request. Instead, a staff member handed over an unsigned statement on behalf of the school.
"We mourn the sudden and tragic loss of a young life and a member of the student body. May her soul rest in peace. At this time of deep distress, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the near and dear ones and pray to the Almighty to give them the strength to endure their grief and pain. As a community of students, parents, and teach ers, we join together to offer our support to the family members in these troubled times," read the statement.
It went on to say that Monali shared a good rapport with her teachers, and mentioned that she had been counselled a few times earlier, but "as a normal practice, parents are informed and Monali was sent home along with her mother after school." The declaration added that the child's parents were asked to have a family discussion and counselling session at home, as she needed advice and guidance. Meanwhile, the victim's father, Dr Bijoy Kumar Mahala, a reputed cardiologist at Narayana Hrudayalaya, was accompanied by his wife and relatives to Srirangapatna on Tuesday where the family conducted Monali's last rites.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, a member of the family's first-circle gave a blowby-blow account of what could have prompted the girl to take the extreme step."Monali's mother received a call from the school on Monday afternoon informing her to meet the principal and to come pick up her child.When she went to the principal's chamber, she was given a dressing-down and humiliated in front of Monali over the latter's alleged friendship with a male student. She was then handed two official letters and the two left for home," the source said. The boy and Monali are family friends.
Of the two letters, one was an order for suspension bearing the subject line `serious disciplinary misdemeanour', and it stated: "Monali Mahala, a student of class X, is hereby suspended for a day and a half on disciplinary grounds over objectionable behaviour with a male classmate inside the school premises."
The other letter was reportedly an undertaking for the student and her mother to sign, and it stated Monali should `promise to display good behaviour' and `concentrate on her academics.' Ironically, Monali was reportedly one of the top five students in her class, and also had a strong inclination toward extra-curricular activities like compering.
So when the motherdaughter duo came home around 3 pm, they reportedly decided to go visit the victim's father at Narayana Hrudayalaya. "Monali and her mother had a talk and the latter decided to get ready, leaving both letters on the table. We believe the girl had not seen these letters until then, and happened to read both when her mother was not in the room. Overcome by despair, she locked the doors and jumped to her death," the source added.
The source also denied the mother scolding her daughter, reiterating that it was the school's letters which purportedly acted as the catalyst for the incident.
The incident has triggered outrage among the readers.Commenting on it on our website, a parent said, "My children study in the same school. We got an email yesterday night, and it looked really suspicious. It expressed sadness at the death of a child but did not divulge any details."
He said he understood "how humiliating it must have been for the mother, to be called liked this. And perhaps the poor woman in turn transferred the humilation on to her already humiliated child."
A large number of educationists and parents opine that all branches of National Public School are reportedly infamous for enforcing strict disciplinary action. "NPS is nothing but a pressure cooker with the main focus on academics and preparing students for competitive exams. They are hardly known for sporting and other extra-curricular activities," claimed one parent.
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