Sinlung /
26 April 2012

Meghalaya CM Alleges Discrimination Against Students From Northeast

Gurgaon/Shillong, Apr 26 : A day after an MBA student was found dead in her hostel room in Amity University's Gurgaon campus, she has been identified as Dana Sangma, niece of Meghalya chief minister Mukul Sangma. The city police on Wednesday registered an FIR against the university's administration.

In Shillong, chief minister Sangma described his niece's suicide as a "result of discrimination" by the authorities of the institute. "Primary evidence suggests that the girl was thrown out of an examination hall after the invigilator found a mobile phone with her," Sangma said.

The CM also said that students from the northeast are regularly subjected to humiliation by the university, which, he said, could also be true in the case of his niece. "This could have resulted in mental pressure that pushed the girl to take the extreme step," he added.

"There have been many instances of students from the northeast being subjected to all kinds of atrocities and discrimination," Sangma told reporters.

Police filed the FIR after a complaint was lodged by Dana's aunt Sofia. Twenty one-year-old Dana's body was found on Tuesday afternoon after she returned from the examination hall.

Investigators said that during the examination, the university officials caught the victim cheating through a mobile phone. "The girl might have committed suicide as its fallout," police officers said.

Sangma's daughter Miani Shira, a student of SRCC, said the university authorities compelled Dana to take the extreme step. She alleged that Dana was traumatized.

"All such practices should stop. The university authorities also did not inform her family members about the incident. We have filed the FIR seeking action against whoever is responsible for this," Miani said.

The university has rejected all allegations of torture or pressure. Vice chancellor of the Amity University (Gurgaon), Major Gen (retd) B S Suhag said they have no personal agenda against any student. "She was a nice student and we never received any complaint against her.

The invigilator had reported a case of using unfair means when she was caught with her mobile phone in the exam hall," Suhag said.


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