Assam: School in Troubles after Issuing Advertisement on Student Suicide

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  • The police claim to have evidence that Sr Rency slapped Namrata and this has been corroborated by others.
  • The contents of the advertisement related to my daughter and is completely false, Father says.

Tinsukia: A school has come to the limelight because of an advertisement. According to the sources, a School named St Mary’s has issued an advertisement in local English and Hindi newspapers, claiming that its student Namrata Sarmah had been emotionally disturbed during the last few weeks.

The Student dies

While it stated in the reports that a 13-year-old Class VII student died by suicide on August 29 by jumping into the Buri Dihing river after being allegedly reprimanded and slapped by principal Sister Rency Sebastian.
she had written a suicide note and on that suicide note, she had named Sr Rency, saying she was “very bad” and “she self me before all my friends”.
The police claim to have evidence that Sr Rency slapped Namrata and this has been corroborated by others. Namrata’s body was found on August 31. Sr Rency was arrested on September 3 on charges of abetment to suicide. The court has rejected her bail petition.

The advertisement says Namrata had given to the school a diary having “notes expressing her distress with herself, with others, and even with God…and in no case with the school”.

While the school has insisted on discipline in the classroom, neither the headmistress nor anyone else of the school authorities had mistreated dear Namrata Sarmah nor spoken to her harshly.

According to the Father…..

Namrata’s father Putul Sarmah said I am deeply hurt to see the school authorities publish such an advertisement, quoting statements on behalf of my daughter who is no more to defend herself. The contents of the advertisement related to my daughter and is completely false. My daughter was completely normal. The school is trying to defame her by declaring her abnormal to defend their principal.

The advertisement comes days before the report of a magisterial inquiry ordered by Dibrugarh deputy commissioner Laya Madduri is to be submitted.

Sources in the administration said We have seen the advertisements and are going to bring it to the knowledge of the court. They also said the administration today obtained permission from the court to record Sister Rency’s statement in jail.

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