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Charge sheet accepted against two Viqarunnisa teachers over student's suicide

  • Published at 02:35 pm April 30th, 2019
Aritry Adhikary
Viqarunnisa Noon School and College student Aritry Adhikary who committed suicide on December 3, 2018 after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school Collected

Earlier, on December 3, 2018, Aritry was found hanging from the ceiling of her house in Shantinagar, Dhaka

A Dhaka court on Tuesday accepted the charge sheet submitted against suspended teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC), in a case filed over “provoking the suicide” of ninth-grader Aritry Adhikary in December last year.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury passed the order after scrutinizing the case dockets and other relevant documents in the case.

The court also relieved Aritry’s class teacher Hasna Hena of the charge sheet as per the investigating officer's appeal for her discharge.

Addressing the court, Aritry's father, Dilip Adhikari, said that he did not have "any complaints about the charge sheet”.

Upon accepting the charge sheet, the magistrate sent it to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Zahedul Kabir, and transferred the case documents to the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s court for its disposal via trial.

The teachers accused are Nazneen Ferdous, acting principal, and Zinat Akhtar, morning shift in-charge of the school.

On March 28, this year, DB Inspector Kazi Kamrul Islam—also the investigating officer of the case—submitted the charge sheet against Nazneen and Zinat to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka, showing 23 people as prosecution witnesses.

Earlier, on December 3, 2018, Aritry was found hanging from the ceiling of her house in Shantinagar, Dhaka—hours after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school.

The next day, her father Dilip Adhikary filed a case with the Paltan Police Station accusing three teachers of provoking Aritry’s suicide.

Following continuous protests by students, the Education Ministry and VNSC authorities formed two separate probe committees to investigate the incident. 

The High Court later directed the education secretary to form another five-member committee, headed by an additional secretary of the ministry, to look into the matter.

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