Bengaluru

‘Gauthami wanted to be a doctor’

Gauthami’s mother (third from right) was inconsolable after hearing the news of her daughter's murder. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.  

Parents of the 17-year-old Gauthami reached Bengaluru at 2.30 a.m. after hearing about the murder of their daughter by the school attender on Tuesday night.

Gauthami’s mother was inconsolable while her father, Ramesh spoke to reporters at Vydehi Hospital, where her body was kept.

Hailing from Pavagada town of Tumakuru district, Gauthami was studying in the Science stream of Pragathi Residential School with PCMB (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology) as the main subjects.

‘She wanted to be a doctor,” said Mr. Ramesh, talking about the aspirations of their only child.

Gauthami’s parents received a call from College authorities at around 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday evening and immediately left for Bengaluru. They reached at about 2.30 a.m. Mr. Ramesh said that they had spoken to her last at 7.30 p.m on Tuesday evening.

According to Mr. Ramesh, they had spoken several times to Mahesh but Gauthami never complained about him.

Apparently, Mr. Ramesh called Mahesh three times yesterday evening but Mahesh did not receive the calls. As mobile phones are banned in the school, the parents would talk to Gauthami through Mahesh’s phone. They finally called a lecturer who got her to speak to them.

Mr. Ramesh has taken serious exception to TV reports which say that she had an affair with him for a year. Gauthami’s family members claim that she was shot dead while sleeping.

Gauthami’s uncle, Balaji said too many rumours are floating around to believe.

Gauthami studied in Davangere Anmol School after which she came to Bengaluru for PU. She was waiting for Common Entrance Test (CET) to get over before going home. Coaching classes for CET were to start in the College from today.

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