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Boy kills self after parents-teachers meet


A 12-year-old boy hanged himself to death at his north-east Delhi home after a meeting between his parents and teachers on Saturday.

Sources in the police said investigations have led to the recovery of a mobile phone with a drafted message in which the boy mentions about his depression. Whether the message was typed just prior to the suicide or much before, and whether it actually was written by the boy is being probed.

The boy has been identified as Harash Vardhan, a class six student at a local government school in New Usmanpur. He and his parents attended a parents-teacher meeting at the school on Saturday.

“Though the boy generally performed well academically, he had scored less in a couple of subjects recently. Teachers informed his parents about the marks during the meeting upon which his parents spoke to him about it,” said a senior police officer.

Police suspect that the boy possibly felt insulted on being questioned about his marks in front of other students upon which he left the meeting mid-way and walked back home alone.

“Investigations so far indicate there was nothing significant in the parents-teachers meeting that could have troubled the boy so badly. But him exiting from the meeting mid-way suggests he was not happy with what transpired there,” said the officer.

Only Vardhan’s younger sister was at home when he returned. She was in another room, and Vardhan walked straight into his own room without speaking to her.

His parents returned home sometime later to find the bathroom locked from inside. When repeated knocks evoked no response, they broke open the door to find their son hanging inside. He had used a cloth to form a noose.

His parents rushed him to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police are questioning the boy’s parents, teachers and other students. The probe so far has suggested that he was even otherwise depressed.

Police suspect that the boy possibly felt insulted on being questioned about his marks in front of other students

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