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5 days ago

Anand Patwardhan

Malappuram, Kerala: A 14 year old Dalit girl allegedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire at Valanchery in Malappuram. The 10th standard student, identified as Devika of Irimbiliyam Govt Higher Secodary School took the drastic step because she could not attend online classes. Devika had gone missing since Monday evening. Her charred body was found on Tuesday evening.

Update 1: She was one among the four children of Balakrishnan and sheeba. Balakrishnan is a contract based employee at KSEB who was working on daily wages. Despite having a TV he could not recharge it due to lack of money since he was unemployed due to lock down. He had also sustained a hand injury last week.

Devika went missing from Monday 4 PM and in a search her charred body was recovered from the courtyard of a nearby house later. An empty kerosene bottle was lying nearby and nothing mysterious was found in the preliminary investigations by the police.

Reportedly, she had been depressed over the lack of facilities to study, parents say. Before going missing, Devika had scribbled in her note book 'death, death, death'.

Update 2: Kerala Goverment has decided to start regular classes throgh online medium irrespective of various Dalit And Tribal activists warning that without ensuring digital infrastructure to all the students from marginalized sections, student from sections will be deprived of the fundamental right to education.
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