Traffic on Delhi-Noida border was crippled for hours on Thursday as the angry protesters demanded the arrest of the accused teacher in the suicide case of a Class 9 student.
The 15-year-old girl was found dead at her residence in Noida's Sector 20 on Wednesday morning. Her parents alleged that she was upset because a teacher had 'touched her inappropriately' and had threatened to fail her in exams for retaliating. She committed suicide after she failed to pass in two subjects in the recent exams, the parents told media.
The protestors, including the parents of the deceased child, staged a protest on the highway blocking the traffic up to 5 kms.
"No arrests have been made yet. Do they think my daughter lied about harassment by teachers? Is the Police under pressure or did they take bribes? I want justice and a CBI probe to be done," girl's father said this morning.
Mayur Vihar Phase-I based Ahlcon Public School, where the deceased girl was a student, has denied any wrongdoing on its part.
"School mourns her death and we are with the family. If I see her record she was an average student, not very good at studies but a great dancer. Students' marks are given at PTMs but her parents didn't attend any. She didn't fail, had to give re-test," Principal of Ahlcon Public School said.
He added, "One of the teachers against whom allegations are being made is a woman, how can she sexually harass someone? Another teacher has been here for 25 years and we never got any such complaint."
Meanwhile, the Noida Police has launched an investigation into the matter.
"Many students failed in Maths, Science and Social science, so we can't say if she was failed deliberately or her answers were not worth passing marks. Committee of experts will investigate it. Further probe is underway," SP City, Noida said today.
The protests by friends and relatives of the victim blocked the highway through the morning, causing problems for the commuters, including sick and elderly. Several schoolchildren were spotted abandoning school buses and heading home on foot, while others were stuck in their vehicles until the traffic cleared.
Watch video: Protestors block Delhi-Noida highway over the death of Class 9 student