Girl without smartphone fails to attend online classes, kills self

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HOWRAH: A Class X girl committed suicide in Howrah’s Nischinda on

Thursday evening

for not being able to attend her school’s online classes as she didn’t have a computer or a

smartphone

. The

deceased

,

Shibani Kumari Sau

(16), was found hanging in her room at Nischinda’s Rajchandrapur. No suicide note was found in the room.
Her father Santu Sau, a truck owner-cum-driver, said Shibani studied in an English-medium school in Bally. “She was my youngest child. Before lockdown 1.0, my wife, my eldest son and I went to our native home in Bihar’s Samastipur. Shibani and my other son Shivom stayed back at Nischinda. The siblings shared a smartphone, which got damaged after it accidentally fell from Shivom’s hand on March 26. They could not get it repaired during the lockdown.”
“Shibani’s online classes commenced 10 days ago. She feared she would fail for being unable to attend online classes and was very depressed. She called me on Wednesday from another mobile phone — a push-button handset — and informed me of her concerns. I told her that I would get back to Nischinda and buy her a smartphone. I asked her not to get disheartened and gather the class notes she had missed from her classmates. I obviously couldn’t drive it into her,” Santu said.
On Thursday, Shivom left for his cricket practice after lunch. On returning around 6pm, he grew suspicious after Shibani didn’t open the door despite his repeated knocks. On looking through a window, he was shocked to see her hanging from a door panel inside.
A police officer said, “An

investigation

has started. We haven’t found a suicide note. Preliminary investigation shows the girl took her life out of depression over not being able to pursue her studies.”

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