Tamil Nadu schoolgirl suicide: SC rejects father’s plea, 2nd autopsy today

Amid massive protests over the death of a Tamil Nadu school girl, the Supreme Court has refused to stay the second autopsy scheduled later today.

However, it agreed to hear plea by parents of Kallakurichi girl on Wednesday seeking urgent hearing of petition seeking to include a medical expert of their choice in team which will conduct a re- postmortem.

Madras High Court had ordered a re-postmortem on the body of a 17 year-old girl, whose death had sparked off the massive and violent protest on July 17.

Arguing the matter in the top court, the counsel for the girl’s father said, “The state is witnessing a lot of violence. Post-mortem is to begin today. Please order a stay on it. A doctor of our choice should be included in the team.”

The 17-year-old girl, studying Class 12 in a private residential school in Chinnasalem’s Kaniyamoor area in Kallakurichi, was found dead on July 13 on the hostel premises.

Police said a note found in her room said she was struggling in several subjects and that her teachers humiliated her.

The girl, an inmate of a room on the third floor of the hostel was suspected to have ended her life by jumping to the ground from the top floor.

The girl’s family has alleged that the teachers had mentally harassed her. They have also alleged that a wall near the spot where she was found dead had the mark of a bloodied palm, and claimed that this points to a physical struggle.

Police have arrested two teachers and three senior officials of the school — the principal, the secretary and the correspondent.