In Email, Amity Student Shared Despair, But Was 'Treated Like Trash' - NEWS SENTRY


Monday, 5 September 2016

In Email, Amity Student Shared Despair, But Was 'Treated Like Trash'

In Email, Amity Student Shared Despair, But Was 'Treated Like Trash'

The suicide of a 20-year-old student at Amity Law School near Delhi will be examined by the Supreme Court, which has appointed top lawyer Fali Nariman to assist it in the case.

Last month, Sushant Rohilla, a third-year law student, killed himself at his house because he was told he would have to repeat a year because of poor attendance.

Mr Rohilla's friend, Raghav Sharma, who is also a student at Amity, has written to the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, asking for Amity to be tried for aiding Mr Rohilla's suicide. His letter is being treated by judges as a Public Interest Litigation or PIL.

"The letter written to us alleges there was an element of suspicion in Sushant's death which we will examine," said the court today.

In his letter, Mr Sharma writes that his friend had written in May to the Founder-President of Amity, Dr Ashok Chauhan, "pleading for help and mercy." He even wrote in the mail how such a 'year back' would 'destroy' his life and it would be difficult for him to "mentally survive". Mr Sharma says if the email "was not treated like trash and replied to, my friend would have been alive".

An investigation conducted by the privately-run university has concluded that professors followed policies correctly on attendance. Officials informed judges that Mr Rohilla and his parents had been warned via email in advance about his insufficient attendance, which the family has denied.

His classmates have alleged harassment by his teachers and after his death, they took to social media and protests on campus to demand action against his professors, two of whom have resigned.

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