Visakhapatnam

‘Humiliation drove Rishiteswari to suicide’

B.Arch student of Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) M. Rishiteswari was driven to suicide due to the mental agony caused by the accused who had crossed the limits of “decency, morality, and humanity.”

The victim felt a sense of shame, besides being psychologically upset, leading to depression.

This was the finding of the four-member committee led by retired IAS officer Balasubramanyam that probed the death of the student.

Informing this to the media here on Sunday, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that the committee, which began its probe on July 29, had submitted its report to the government on Saturday. It had interacted with the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, 170 students, District Collector, RDO, Superintendent of Police, and parents of the victim and the accused.

The Minister said that police outposts would be set up if necessary on university campuses. Biometric cards would be introduced and CC cameras installed to prevent outsiders from staying in hostels, he added.

Mr. Rao said that anti-ragging campaigns, involving psychologists, students, and experts, would be organised in all universities to create awareness. Celebrities would also be roped in to highlight the issue.

Three held so far

He said three students had been arrested so far in the case, and investigation was on to ascertain the role of some more students.

He added that a number of steps were being taken to instil confidence among students like setting up a toll-free helpline number: 18004255314.


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